Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop has called on the international community to change its approach to the issue of sanctions “because sanctions resolve nothing.”
Diop made the remarks on Tuesday at a press briefing in Bamako following talks with his visiting Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.
“It is necessary to sit down at the negotiating table, to maintain dialogue and look for solutions, in particular to international problems,” he said.
Both Russia and Mali are facing international sanctions and the two nations have since been working closely to find solutions around them. Moscow was hit with sanctions are it began its military operation in Ukraine while Bamako suffered a similar fate after it carried out radical changes in the country – including the removal of French troops.
“Mali is against any sanctions. We have been fighting against sanctions here since January 14, 2022. More than 4,000 Malians took to the streets to say their ‘no’ to the sanctions. We will not support sanctions imposed on other countries either,” the Minister said.
Regarding the presence of France in the country, Diop reiterated that they have “come to all the conclusions” as the cooperation with France failed to meet the aspirations of the Malian people.
The Malian foreign minister insisted that any country seeking to cooperate with his nation must observe the principle of Mali’s sovereignty and respect its right to choose a partner it needs.
He further highlighted that Mali’s greatest challenge is resolving the issue of national security and tackling terrorism.
Minister Lavrov mentioned that Russia intends to continue assisting the African country in the supply of weapons and military equipment, maintaining stability and holding peaceful elections.