Ouattara invites the Malian authorities to concentrate their efforts in the fight against terrorism

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Before the United Nations General Assembly, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara again called on Mali on Wednesday to release the 46 Ivorian soldiers detained in Bamako, while inviting the Malian authorities to concentrate their efforts in the fight against terrorism.

“In this context of the fight against terrorism, 46 Ivorian soldiers deployed as the eighth detachment of the national support element (NSSE) within the Minusma, they have been unjustly detained since June 10, 2022. I call again to their release without delay”, declared the Head of State Alassane Ouattara.

The Ivorian President also urged the Ivorian authorities to implement political and institutional reforms in view of the presidential elections scheduled for February 2024.

“My country encourages the Malian authorities to focus their efforts on the fight against terrorism and to resolutely implement the various stages of the transition timetable, as well as the political and institutional reforms in view of the presidential elections scheduled for February 2024. .for the well-being of the Malian people”, he underlined.

Also in his speech, Alassane Ouattara called for an in-depth reform of the United Nations Security Council, within which Africa would find its rightful place.

He further assured that “Côte d’Ivoire will respect its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement and intends to work to protect its forest heritage and its rich biodiversity. This is the whole meaning of the “Abidjan Initiative” launched on the occasion of COP15 in Abidjan”.

Referring to the Russo-Ukrainian war, Ouattara made an urgent appeal to international financial institutions and Africa’s development partners to mobilize the resources needed to support the most fragile countries in order to cope with the multifaceted effects of the conflict. “.

The Ivorian president also regretted that 17% of the wheat offered by Russia was reserved for the black continent, calling for “priority to be given to African countries”, indicated the Ivorian head of state.


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