Ambassador Emié appears on BBC Newsnight to discuss Mali
London, 31 January 2013
In his in-depth interview with presenter Eddie Mair, Ambassador Emié re-emphasized France’s three main objectives in Mali:
"(...) first of all, to stop the jihadist offensive towards the south; these people wanted to conquer Bamako and to make sure that they would establish a terrorist state in the heart of Africa. We stopped that.
Second point: we want to help the Malians to restore their authority over the whole territory and to restore sovereignty and territorial integrity.
And the third objective is to make sure that we are in a position to help the African-led mission to be deployed on the territory, and it’s on the way."