Mali “excludes nothing” in its relations with Paris, and it makes it known. This position was expressed this Friday by the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, who however noted that a request for the departure of the French forces was not “for the moment” on the table.
In an interview with RFI, Diop affirmed that “Mali either does not exclude anything in relation to these questions if it does not take our interests into account”.
And to insist that Mali is ready if necessary to denounce the defense agreement concluded with France, of which it recently asked for the revision in Paris, because “certain provisions are contrary to the Constitution and the sovereignty of Mali “.
“We expect a quick response from Paris. In the absence of a response, make sure that Mali will assume itself,” he said.
Asked about a possible request for the departure of French troops as Bamako had done with the Danish special forces, the minister indicated that “this question is not on the table for the moment”.
He nevertheless wanted to point out that “if a presence at a given time is deemed contrary to the interests of Mali, we will not hesitate to take responsibility, but we are not there yet”.