Lhe Moroccan delegation was led by Ambassador Fouad Yazourh, Director General of Bilateral Relations and Regional Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad.
Yazourh greeted “the progress made recently by Mali (…) in particular the adoption of a new electoral law and the establishment of a Commission for the drafting of a new Constitution, the definition of an electoral timetable over a period of 24 months, and the programming, in February 2024, presidential elections”.
According to this diplomat, “Morocco (…) remains faithful to the ancestral and historical ties that unite it to Mali and to the brotherly Malian people. It is in this spirit that Morocco has contributed, since 2019, to calming the situation in Mali”enterprising, in consultation with “the authorities of the transition, concrete steps aimed at uniting the various Malian actors, in particular the Sufi families around the fundamentals”.
He argued that the new sequence that is opening in Mali’s transition process is also an opportunity to question any initiative or process that is struggling to demonstrate its contribution to Mali’s stabilization efforts.
Thus, he indicated, the lifting of sanctions on Mali constitutes, “in the eyes of Morocco, a pledge of willingness to go beyond crisis management by applying “procedures”, towards a desire to support, readjust and listen to stakeholders”.
Towards a lifting of African sanctions?
For its part, Mali has requested the lifting of the sanctions imposed by African organizations, in view of the “undeniable progress” carried out by the Malian transitional government.
“The government of Mali requests the lifting of these measures in order to promote full cooperation with all partners”insisted the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop to the participants in this meeting.
The AU and ECOWAS suspended Mali for the first time in 2020 and then again in May 2021. Tensions eased when the transitional government pledged to hold elections in February 2024.
ECOWAS then lifted severe financial and trade sanctions imposed in January 2022, while Mali’s suspension from African organizations remained in effect.