Mali-European Union: Together to meet the challenges of security and development

Europe Day was an opportunity for both parties to reaffirm their desire to consolidate their partnership

The date of May 9 is celebrated every year in the member states of the European Union (EU) as Europe Day. In the wake of this commemoration, the resident EU ambassador to Mali, Bart Ouvry, offered a dinner reception on Tuesday at his residence in Badalabougou.

It was in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop and several other personalities from our country.

For the European diplomat, Europe Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the partnership of solidarity and friendship between the EU and Mali. “It is not necessary to look in the rear view mirror but to share with Mali the hopes and ambitions for the coming year,” he said. Expressing wishes, Bart Ouvry hoped that Malians would find the means to live better together.

This is why the EU in Mali supports mediation initiatives, the rise of civil society, the training of young people in a political school and the media (bloggers).

The EU ambassador to Mali then expressed the wish that our country renew constructive relations with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Bart Ouvry is convinced that our country needs all possible support, including from countries in the region.

“It seems to me that a deal is within reach,” he said. And to advocate the continuation of the actions of the Malian security forces with the support of the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM) and Eucap Sahel. Moreover, the European diplomat hopes that the EU will be able to continue to create the infrastructures necessary for the proper functioning of the Security Forces.

For the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the day of May 9 is an opportunity for our country to reflect on what union, unity, integration and economic mixing of populations who make a global force. Abdoulaye Diop recalled that the difficulties that our country is going through are testimony to the desire to see a certain number of things change.

The difficulties with our neighbours, he said, are very fleeting compared to our historical trajectory. According to the head of Malian diplomacy, despite the difficulties we have between our states, the peoples are not involved in these problems. Anything that, according to him, represents a reason for hope for our country.

Furthermore, Minister Diop gave the assurance that Mali continues to work towards moderation, understanding between Malians first and then with those around us. He affirmed that our country also continues the dialogue with ECOWAS and with the rest of the international community. “What we want is just that we can have more understanding of the complexity of what is happening in this country, of the succession of crises that we are going through. But also of the great resilience of this people who ask only to be accompanied and not to be dictated in their choices, ”he pleaded. Before adding that we also need to find the means among Malians to come together in order to be able to move forward together.

But also, wished the head of Malian diplomacy, that the partners who have also historically played roles in the construction of our country and our army can continue to be with us.

Mali is not closed, does not reject its partners and is not angry with the world. But, clarified Abdoulaye Diop, Mali and its people have a vision of the world, of their own country, wishing that others take the time to listen, to understand and to be able to accompany.

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