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In Togo, the Monitoring and Support Group for the Transition in Mali (GST-Mali) is holding its third meeting. In Lomé, the Malian authorities of the transition explain the latest developments in the country for a return to constitutional order within the deadlines set in agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

This is the second consecutive meeting to be held in the Togolese capital after that of March 2021. According to El-Ghassim Wane, the special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Mali, the Lomé meeting takes place in a context marked by progress significant in the conduct of the transition in Mali and the dynamic needs to be supported.

“The challenges that remain are all both complex and immense despite the undeniable efforts of the Malian government”said the UN diplomat.

While thanking the partners who support Mali in this process towards a normalization of political life in the country, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop, specified that everything will be done according to the will of the Malian authorities and people.

“Our government is ready to say no when we believe that the aid or assistance or partnership offered to us is not in line with our own vision of Mali”said the head of Malian diplomacy.

Robert Dussey, the Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, whose country is a member of the Mali Transition Support Group, calls for solidarity to counter the advance of terrorism in the West African sub-region.

For him, if it is true that it is up to each State to guarantee the security of its population, part of the responsibility is in the hands of the members of the Support Group for the Transition in Mali.

“The security of our sub-region is at stake. From this point of view, I would like to understand this support group that we are forming not only as the manifestation of solidarity towards a brotherly country, but also as a responsible commitment for the well-being of the entire sub-region”declared the head of Togolese diplomacy.

Robert Dussey added that the transition period in Mali should not be reduced only to the organization of elections, but it could serve to lay the groundwork for a more lasting change in the governance of the country.

Created in 2020 by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), the GST-Mali is co-chaired by the AU, ECOWAS and the UN. Its very first meeting was held the same year in Bamako, capital of Mali.

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