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Crime Mali: Blinken warned Mali and the Wagner Group against any cooperation

14:00  21 november  2021
14:00  21 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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USA-Africa-Diplomacy: Mali: Blinken warns Mali and the Wagner group against any cooperation

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cooperation by Bate Felix

Dakar (Reuters) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken worried Saturday of instability in Mali and warned the Russian private security group Wagner against any attempt to interference.

The leader of American diplomacy was in Senegal, last stage of his African tour.

The international community lobbies that the Bamako junta, after the Putsch of August 2020 and May 2021, respects its commitment to make power to civilians on the horizon of 2022, with the organization of presidential and legislative elections .

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) imposed sanctions against members of the Juntus in early, after the latter informed the authority of the impossibility of honoring the electoral maturity of 2022.

"We hope to take over our assistance as soon as a democratically elected government will come into function," said Antony Blinken at a press conference in Dakar.

Reuters revealed in September that the junta in power was in discussion with the Russian paramilitary group Wagner following the decision of France to reduce its military presence at the Sahel.

Emmanuel Macron announced on June 10 a "profound transformation" of Operation Barkhane, with the objective of maintaining between 2,500 and 3,000 men in the Sahel, on the 5.100 mobilized today.

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"It would be particularly unfortunate that external actors commit themselves by making things even more difficult and complicated, I think in particular in the Wagner Group," said US Secretary of State.

The French ministers of the armies and foreign affairs said on 12 November to their Russian counterparts, Sergei Choïgou and Sergei Lavrov, that the deployment of mercenaries of Wagner in Sahel would be "unacceptable".

Russia, which denies any connection with Wagner, swept the French concerns, stressing that he belonged to the only authorities of Bamako to decide on their strategy in the fight against jihadist groups in the Sahel.

(Bate Felix report, written by Hereward Holland, French version Sophie rental)

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