Prime Minister Choguel Maïga triumphantly welcomed on his return from New York

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Returning from New York, where he was attending the UN General Assembly, Transitional Prime Minister Choguel Maïga was greeted by hundreds of people at Bamako airport.

With our correspondent in Bamako, Kaourou Magassa

The population came in large numbers to show their support for the speech delivered by the Malian Prime Minister at the United Nations General Assembly. Choguel Maïga denounced « the abandonment in full flight of France » regarding the reconfiguration of the Barkhane force to justify the country’s talks with the Russian company Wagner.

The Prime Minister thus received a triumphant welcome. It was to the sound of vuvuzelas and motorcycle horns that Choguel Maïga’s convoy passed through a compact crowd. ” All the Malian people today are delighted this afternoon. We are delighted that our real problem is spread and that together people can think, reflect so that Mali emerges from this situation. », Launches a man who came to welcome the Prime Minister.

Popular support for a political demonstration. Collective minibuses were parked on the side of the roads. On large banners, one could read slogans such as: “Mali is assuming itself”, “Courage in the transition” or “The people are accompanying you”.

During his stay, the Prime Minister raised, for the first time publicly, the possibility of extending the duration of the transition. Without citing the Russian company Wagner, he justified talks with new military partners to deal with “ abandonment in mid-flight From France which aims to resize Operation Barkhane. ” We therefore wanted to signify the will of the Malian people to exercise their freedom as a sovereign state in their prerogatives of defense and security. », Declared Choguel Maïga.

► To read also: At the UN, Choguel Maïga accuses France of abandoning Mali by withdrawing the Barkhane force

Without judging this posture, Florence Parly, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, reaffirmed that France has not ” intend to leave Mali “. Indignant, she described, Monday, September 27, the accusations of abandonment of ” unacceptable » and D'” indecent “. Words that Prime Minister Choguel Maïga refused to comment on when he left an audience with the president of the transition.

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