Bamako – In a significant development, the Transitional Government of Mali has issued a scathing statement, accusing the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria of interfering in Mali’s internal affairs. The statement, released on January 25, 2024, highlighted several instances of alleged interference, sparking concerns over escalating tensions between the two nations.
According to the Transitional Government, Algeria imposed a five-year transition period on Malian authorities without prior consultation, harbored individuals wanted by Mali for terrorism, supported groups associated with the Algiers peace process that have turned into terrorist actors, advocated for the continuation of UN sanctions against Mali against international opposition, and influenced discussions at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Kampala without Malian consent.
These actions, as per the statement, were deemed a violation of Mali’s sovereignty and national security. The Transitional Government accused Algeria of treating Mali as a “backyard” or a “puppet state,” fostering an atmosphere of disrespect and condescension.
Mali has called on Algerian authorities to immediately cease what it perceives as hostile acts and to respect good neighborly relations. The government also urged Algeria to reflect on the historical and fraternal relations between the two nations, emphasizing Algeria’s responsibility in the deteriorating security situation in the Sahel region.
The statement concluded with a reaffirmation of Mali’s commitment to friendly relations with all nations, grounded in the principles outlined by President Colonel Assimi GOÏTA. These principles include respect for Mali’s sovereignty, partnership choices, and strategic decisions, as well as consideration for the vital interests of the Malian people.
As tensions escalate, regional and international observers are closely monitoring the situation, expressing concern over the potential implications for stability in the Sahel region.