The city of balanzans received for the very first time, the diplomatic re-entry of relocated Mali. In accordance with its cultural status, which rhymes with the theme of this year’s diplomatic re-entry, the Kôrè Cultural Center (CCK) of Ségou served as a framework for Mali’s 2023 diplomatic re-entry, on January 21, 2023 under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Excellency Abdoulaye Diop.
The return to diplomacy is traditionally an opportunity for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to recall the main lines of its foreign action and to consider the prospects. For Mali, it is a matter of strengthening the framework for exchanges with partners and opening a new channel of interaction which will aim to revitalize dialogue.
The inaugural ceremony of the 2023 Diplomatic Return was placed under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The theme chosen was: “Making culture a tool of influence in the service of external action”.
Diplomatic activity in Mali is marked throughout the year by the implementation of the country’s foreign policy, defined as respect for sovereignty, Mali’s strategic choices and the needs of the populations.
Implementation is often hampered by the persistence of the multifaceted crisis that the Sahel region and particularly Mali has been facing since 2012. “This dynamic thus founded us to place the first edition of the Diplomatic Return under the seal of the complementarity between diplomacy and culture, by retaining the theme “making culture a tool of influence at the service of external action »said Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The Deputy Dean of Ambassadors accredited to Mali, Birama Baye N’Diaye paid tribute to Malian culture for its richness and diversity and said that the combination of diplomacy with culture is “an innovation that deserves to be magnified” and reassures that everything will be done for the success of the ongoing transition while respecting the sovereignty of Mali.
In his speech, the Minister of Culture Andogoly Guindo evoked the assets of the cultural offer of our country, heir to great kingdoms and empires, steeped in ancient traditions and civilizations which have been consolidated through contact with the other.
Moreover, these traditions and civilizations are part of a heritage that Mali shares with brotherly and friendly African countries. This historical community and destiny reinforces our pan-Africanist approach, particularly with regard to Mali’s commitment to participate in all continental mechanisms in which African leadership is affirmed, and which support African solutions to African problems. We also recognize ourselves in African processes that work to promote African values, traditions and cultural identity..
For Minister Diop, the government of Mali is committed to the realization of this national work. “The diplomatic tool will play its full part, and to this end the present Diplomatic Return is a step in the process aimed at the codification of cultural diplomacy and its implementation as a priority of our foreign policy”.
The administrative and political authorities of Ségou, in this case the chief of staff of the governor of the region representing the governor, the prefect of the circle of Ségou, the president of the regional council and the mayor of the urban Commune of Ségou did not remain in margin of this event.
The ambassadors and consuls general of Mali accredited in other countries also followed this diplomatic return from a distance, which saw a high-level panel on the theme of cultural diplomacy followed by interactive exchanges.
Correspondent in Ségou