Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius to Mali (April 4 to 5, 2013)
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Bamako from April 4 to 5. During this visit, Mr. Fabius talked with the Malian authorities and the main representatives of the political parties. He also met with the French community and the soldiers involved in Operation Serval and the European operation to train the Malian army (EUTM Mali).
Mr. Fabius reaffirmed France’s wish that an election and national reconciliation process be initiated in Mali. He met the chairman of the recently established commission for dialogue and reconciliation and reaffirmed the need to ensure that its membership is inclusive. He expressed France’s support for this essential work.
The minister also discussed the next steps at the Security Council, notably the plans to transform AFISMA into a UN operation.