EU defense ministers reaffirmed their commitment to Mali on Wednesday following the military coup that led to the sudden departure of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and called for the rule of law to be restored in order to resume military missions.
This was expressed by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, after the informal meeting of the ministers of the sector in Berlin, where they stressed that the EU’s civil and military missions in the African country will continue later.
“They are temporarily paralyzed, but they are still there and will be back to work as soon as possible. These missions are crucial, the EU has invested a lot in Mali and we don’t want to lose the effort,” said Borrell from Germany.
He reiterated the condemnation of the coup on behalf of the European bloc and insisted that the priority now is to support the diplomatic efforts of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to find a political solution to the crisis in Mali. in line with the aspirations of the Malian people.