The President of the Transition, HE Colonel Assimi GOÏTA, Head of State, chaired this Friday, January 14, 2022, an Extraordinary Superior Council for National Defense. The aim was to validate the government’s response plan to ECOWAS and UEMOA sanctions while remaining open to dialogue.
“This is a Plan that was announced immediately after the inhuman and illegal sanctions taken by ECOWAS and UEMOA against our country on January 9, 2022,” said the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Government Spokesman, Colonel Abdoulaye MAÏGA. Sanctions against which the Government reacted in a statement on two bases: reciprocity, but while remaining open to dialogue. “In this government press release, it was announced the adoption and then the validation of a more comprehensive response plan,” reported Minister MAÏGA. President GOÏTA validated, in the Superior Council of Defense, held on Friday January 14, 2022, this Response Plan.
According to Colonel MAÏGA, it is an exhaustive Plan which “attempts to take into account the priorities and concerns of our populations in terms of the supply of basic necessities”. It is therefore a “transversal plan which has several components: diplomatic, geopolitical, economic and financial issues as well as social issues”, indicated the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization.
However, the Minister Spokesperson for the Government specifies that “the objective of this Plan is not to be in a standoff position with ECOWAS and UEMOA. The Head of State in his address to the nation on January 10, 2022, reminded us that we always remain open to dialogue”. And to add: “Our wish is that these sanctions be as brief as possible both in the interest of the Malian people, but also in the interest of the ECOWAS States and the WAEMU States”.