Mali has severed all diplomatic ties with France as part of the fallouts from the coup d’etat which saw the President, Ibrahim Keita ousted and Colonel Assimi Goita Malick appointed as interim President.
This was contained in a communique issued on Monday, 24th January, 2022, by the spokesperson of the transitional government led by Colonel Assimi.
The country’s leadership ordered that French be abandoned as its official language and also ordered French troops to leave its territory with immediate effect.
It also called for the immediate closure of the French embassy and all French institutions in the country within 72 hours.
The government of Mali further announced an end to its participation in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which means that henceforth, Mali will no longer be a member of ECOWAS.
Here are highlights from the communique sent out by the transitional government’s spokesperson:
• The government of Mali officially announces an end to diplomatic, military and economic ties with France according to the demands of the Malien people.
• The government of Mali announces its decision to severe cooperation agreements with France from today the 24th of January 2022.
• The government of Mali announces an end to its participation in ECOWAS. Henceforth Mali will no longer be a member of ECOWAS.
• The government of Mali announces that as from today the 24th of January, French will no longer be the official language of Mali. BAMBARA will henceforth be the official Language of Mali.
• The government of Mali calls for the immediate exit of France and its troops from across its national territory.
• The government of Mali calls for the immediate closure of the French embassy and all French institutions on the national territory of Mali within 72 hours.
• The government of Mali calls on all the youths, civil servants, civil society, and religious authorities to mobilize and take charge of their destiny.