The Vice-President of Mali, Assimi Goïta, who started Thursday a working visit to Morocco, welcomed the role of Morocco in supporting the transition process in Mali.
Mr. Goïta was received, at the high instructions of King Mohammed VI, by minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita. Mali’s new strongman, who chose Morocco for his first trip to the Maghreb, highlighted during the meeting with Bourita the action undertaken by Morocco in supporting the transition process in his country.
The two officials reviewed the strong ties binding Morocco and Mali and discussed bilateral cooperation which covers several areas. The two men also discussed the security situation in the Sahel.
This is the first visit to a Maghreb country by Assimi Goïta, who emerged as the strongman of the Malian transition, since the deposition of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, following the coup of August 18, 2020.
This official trip testifies to the confidence the Kingdom enjoys with Mali’s new leaders.
Morocco has adopted an active role in promoting Mali’s stability as it was recovering from the coup and just few weeks after these developments, King Mohammed VI sent the Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita to Bamako to meet the country’s new leaders and convey them a message of support, friendship and solidarity.
Bourita, who was the first senior official of a friendly country to visit Mali following the coup, had then reaffirmed Morocco’s commitment to accompany Mali through this important phase of its history, and reiterated that the Kingdom had always put the interest of the Malian people above all conjectural and political considerations.
The Foreign Minister’s interlocutors, mainly presidentBah N’daw, Vice-president Col. Assimi Goita and PM Moctar Ouane as well as religious dignitaries, had all expressed their appreciation for King Mohammed VI’s concern for Mali and for Morocco’s solidarity with the Malian people.