Mali summons the Spanish ambassador after Albares’ warning about a possible NATO intervention

The words of Jose Manuel Albares pointing to a possible NATO intervention in Mali to protect Spain from possible threats already have consequences at the diplomatic level. The Malian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Spanish ambassador to give explanations about the “unacceptable” statements by the Spanish Foreign Minister. What opens a new conflict with a State that, moreover, is bordering Algeria. Although the Spanish embassy in the African country has assured that Albares never made that request.

This was announced by the Malian Foreign Minister, Abdoulaye Diop, in statements this Friday night on ORTM public television, when described the words of Albares as “condemnable”, who this Thursday told RNE that he did not rule out a NATO intervention in Mali “if necessary” after the Summit held in Madrid. What has led to that call to the Spanish representative in the country, José Hornero, to expose the version of the Government in this regard.

“This statement is unacceptable”Diop said, stating that his words “seek to encourage aggression against an independent and sovereign country.” “We have summoned today (for Friday) the Spanish ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to raise our protest,” announced the Malian minister, who said “surprised” by his statements.

[La OTAN, abierta a llevar misiones a África para controlar el terrorismo y la inmigración ilegal]

According to Diop, “the (Spanish) minister must remember that the situation of insecurity and the spread of terrorism in the Sahel is related to the NATO intervention in Libyaof which we suffer the consequences”.

“That is why we have asked for explanations, a clarification of these words from the Spanish Government, and we hope that it arrives quickly,” he added, to recall that Albares’ statements “contrast with the friendly relations that Mali has always had with Spainwho has always supported our country.

[15.000 soldados alemanes, 5.000 combatientes en Rumanía… Así se rearma la OTAN ante Rusia]

Albares spoke of intervening “if necessary”

Albares thus expressed himself to RNE speaking of the new strategic approach agreed upon by the heads of state and government of the NATO countries in Madrid, when he explained that “the southern flank is perfectly reflected” in the. To this he added “hybrid threats such as the flow of irregular migration or the control of energy flows.”

Regarding these “hybrid threats”, Albares did not rule out a NATO intervention in Mali “if necessary”. Although he clarified that at the summit held in Madrid they did not focus on specific issues, but on the strategic framework of NATO, RNE collects in a statement.

[Albares pide “reflexionar” a Unidas Podemos: invertir en Defensa “es proteger a los más vulnerables”]

Spain assures that it has not asked to intervene

The Embassy of Spain in Mali has clarified this Saturday that has not called for any NATO intervention in the African country, in reaction to the call to the ambassador by the Malian government.

“Spain has not asked during the NATO summitnor at any time, a intervention, mission or any other action of the Alliance in Mali,” the Embassy in Bamako reported in a statement.

The note adds that “Spain reaffirms its deep bonds of friendship and cooperation with Mali and will continue to develop a peaceful and friendly relationship with Mali.”

Maximum tension in Mali

Albares’ declarations take place in a context of tension between the military junta that governs Mali, in power after two coups, and the European countries, especially France. The main reproach is his close link with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

This Thursday, the French Ministry of Defense announced that the european military force Takuba, who has been involved in the anti-jihadist struggle in Mali since March 2020, ended its operations in Mali due to political friction with the ruling junta.

[Stoltenberg avisa a Putin: “Que no cometa ningún error. Si nos atacan, la respuesta sería total”]

In addition, the Security Council of the UN extended the mandate of its mission in Mali (Minusma). But the Malian permanent ambassador warned that the government of the African country will not guarantee him freedom of movement to carry out investigations.

The Malian government is currently under a harsh embargo by ECOWAS, made up of West African countries, in response to its refusal to hold elections last February, as promised.

This week, the Malian military junta proposed February 2024 as the date to hold the elections presidential elections to restore constitutional order in the African country.

Added to this political instability is the prevailing insecurity in Mali, where jihadist groups loyal to the Islamic State and Al Qaeda operate in large areas of the country and are now gaining ground after the recent departure of the French anti-terrorist mission Barkhane.

Source: Elespanol

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