Valls visits Mali and Burkina Faso, also struck by terrorism

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Manuel Valls went to Mali on Thursday and Friday and Saturday in Burkina Faso, the opportunity to exchange with the authorities of these countries recently hit by bloody attacks, but also visits to the French troops there.

The Prime Minister must “ensure the continuity of the support of France” in Burkina Faso and Mali, hit by bombings in the capitals of both countries, leaving 30 dead on 15 January in Ouagadougou, and 20 deaths in Bamako on November 20 2015, explains Mr Valls entourage.

He will meet with Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on his arrival in Bamako Thursday and Friday will participate in a dinner hosted by the Malian presidency. In Ouagadougou Saturday morning he will meet with President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

Mr. Valls should also express its “gratitude to those members of the security forces as the emergency services, civil, representatives of France and the international community who were involved in managing the crisis and invest daily to assist the governments and peoples of the region, “said Matignon.

A meeting with the French communities in Mali and Burkina are provided, as well as a tribute to the French victims of the attack in Ouagadougou Saturday.

France is extremely expected, this visit has a military dimension and a development dimension “, added the Prime Minister’s entourage, recalling that the annual development assistance from France in the Sahel is EUR 500 million.

military side, Mr. Valls will travel to Gao, the largest city in northern Mali where French troops are stationed in the operation barkhane committed against armed Islamist groups in the Sahel.

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