France to remain engaged alongside Mali against terrorism
Mali – Meeting between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and his Malian counterpart – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 27 July 2016
The French President had a meeting with Mr Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali.
President Keita expressed his solidarity following the Nice and Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray attacks. The Head of State also extended his condolences to him after the killing of 17 Malian soldiers in Nampala on 19 July.
François Hollande confirmed that France will remain engaged alongside Mali in the fight against terrorism and in restoring sovereignty throughout the country. He recalled France’s role in obtaining a mandate and increased resources for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), in accordance with the wishes expressed by the Malian authorities. He also welcomed the progress made in implementing the agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali, and reiterated France’s willingness to continue its support in order to ensure that every aspect of it is implemented.
Finally, the French President confirmed to his counterpart that the commitments made by France in October 2015 to Mali’s economic and social development will be honoured, thanks to many projects launched in the fields of water, education, health and transport./.