Mali Thanks Putin After Russia Veto UN Resolution to Extend Mali Sanctions

Innoventia Africa – Mali’s interim president, Assimi Goïta, has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his support as Russia Vetoed a UN Resolutionto extend sanctions against the West African country.

The sanctions were imposed in 2017 in response to the Malian government’s failure to implement a peace agreement with rebel groups. The sanctions included a travel ban and asset freeze on individuals and entities obstructing the peace process.

“The Presidents had a substantive exchange of opinions on practical measures for the further development of Russia-Mali cooperation in various areas, such as trade, the economy and humanitarian spheres, as well as efforts to tackle terrorism,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

In a phone call, Goïta and Putin also discussed the situation in Niger and the need to resolve the conflict through political and diplomatic means, the statement said.

They also agreed to continue cooperation in the areas of trade, the economy, and humanitarian assistance.

The lifting of the sanctions is a significant development for Mali, which has been struggling to contain a security crisis in the north and central regions of the country. The sanctions had a major impact on the Malian economy, and their removal could help to boost investment and growth.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is set to leave Mali by December 31 2023.

The sanctions were imposed after the Malian government refused to appoint civilians to key positions in the transitional government. The government also delayed elections that were supposed to be held in February 2022.

The sanctions were criticized by some as being counterproductive, as they did not address the root causes of the conflict in Mali. However, the UN Security Council argued that the sanctions were necessary to pressure the Malian government to comply with the peace agreement.

The lifting of the sanctions is a positive development for Mali, but it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to resolve the conflict in the country. The Malian government will need to take concrete steps to address the grievances of the rebel groups, and it will also need to ensure that the elections are held on time.

In addition to the sanctions, the Malian government has also been criticized for its human rights record. Human rights groups have accused the government of arbitrary arrests, torture, and extrajudicial killings. The government has denied these allegations.

The situation in Mali is complex and there is no easy solution. However, the lifting of the sanctions is a step in the right direction and it could help to create a more conducive environment for peace talks.

 

 

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