Meeting between the minister and Mr. Koenders, Head of the Stabilization Mission in Mali (August 29, 2013)
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received Mr. Bert Koenders, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Mali, and Head of the Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
This meeting followed the presidential elections on July 28 and August 11, which were a democratic success. The support lent by MINUSMA and the French forces contributed to this success. The minister and Mr. Koenders took stock of the political progress in Mali, notably the process of dialogue and reconciliation which must be initiated in accordance with the Ouagadougou agreement.
Mr. Fabius and Mr. Koenders discussed the development challenges in Mali, which remain critically important to ensuring that the Malian population can swiftly benefit from concrete progress in terms of their living conditions.
Lastly, in the area of security, the minister and the head of MINUSMA discussed the role of the Blue Helmets currently deployed to ensure the stabilization of Mali, following the French intervention at the beginning of the year.