France's Prime Minister and Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, the Malian Head of Government dring the press conference.
25 February 2019

"France and Mali are on the road to addressing all the challenges" of democracy and prosperity

During an official visit to Mali from 22 to 24 February 2019, the Prime Minister particularly commended French forces involved in Operation Barkhane and met Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, the Malian Head of Government.
During the joint press conference with Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, Edouard Philippe reiterated that France, standing in solidarity with Mali in its efforts against Daesh, supports the country in its efforts against terrorism and in particular the agreement signed in Algiers in 2015, which is also supported by the African Union, Algeria, the European Union and the United States.

The Prime Minister praised the commitment of French soldiers, whom he had the opportunity to meet on 24 February alongside the Minster for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly: "It is with great respect and admiration that I have come to Gao to express to you the gratitude of the French nation for the strength of your commitment", tweeted Edouard Philippe, noting the "remarkable and decisive operational results" achieved in the fight against terrorism. These efforts were also commended by the Malian Head of Government, who paid tribute to France’s commitment, which is "unwavering and decisive in protecting the Malian State".

Edouard Philippe also reiterated that the future security of the country is closely linked to efforts undertaken to support economic development and training for young people. This is why France, in addition to the €85 million worth of agreements that have just been signed during this visit, is committed to doubling its investment in Mali in the coming years, in the order of €80 million a year. This initiative is also welcomed by Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, who has praised the longer-term economic and educational partnerships between the two countries.

Edouard Philippe concluded the press conference by calling for the Mali situation to be looked at with "lucidity", the fight against terrorism not being over, but also with "confidence".