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Vol 63 No 22

Published 3rd November 2022


Bamako's wolf warrior diplomacy backfires

Foreign Minister Diop's attacks on France and peacekeepers meets sceptical silence at UN Security Council

After accusing France of supporting Islamist militia groups at a UN Security Council meeting on 18 October, Bamako's foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop dialled down the rhetoric five days later at the Dakar Security Forum, insisting Mali could work with any partner, including Paris, if they didn't dictate policy. But the Bamako junta's stance, including using Russia's Wagner Group mercenaries, is deterring countries from contributing to the UN peacekeeping force.

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