Respect for Mali’s sovereignty, respect for the strategic choices and choice of partners made by Mali, defense of the interests of the Malian people in decision-making processes, these are the three principles that now guide Mali’s cooperation relations.
The transition authorities remain convinced that “the option to regain our sovereignty is for us the only one [voie] possible if we don’t want to be complicit in the perpetuation of the dependency system that mortgages our future“. That’s why they decided to establish January 14 as “National day of regained sovereignty“. This in memory of the great mobilization of Malians against the “illegal, illegitimate and inhumane sanctions by ECOWAS and UEMOA».
The Minister for the Refoundation of the State, in charge of Relations with the institutions, Ibrahim Ikassa Maïga, had already recalled this on 21 December during the Council of Ministers. According to him, the goal of this day is to impress the patriotic sentiment and resilience of the Malian people in the collective consciousness for the affirmation and restoration of the regained national sovereignty.
A difficult year 2022
At the call of the transitional authorities, Malians stormed Boulevard de l’Indépendance on 14 January 2022 to denounce ECOWAS sanctions and support the transitional authorities. The Head of State therefore believes that “the Malian people will have experienced a tiring year 2022, but full of major events».
Welcoming this resilience of the Malian people in the face of adversity, President Goïta called for the strengthening of the sacred union around the homeland. “Mali Koura’s success will depend on our cohesion and commitment. Our individual and collective efforts will be the leaven“, underlines Colonel Assimi Goïta while remaining confident in the future.
However, there are no illusions,the path we have chosen will be strewn with pitfalls and we will face many difficulties“. According to him, some of these difficulties will be “real, because inherent in the complexity of the issues to be managed, but many others will be the work of those who do not want us to recover our total autonomy».