“The fate of the countries of the Alliance of Sahel States (ESA) will not be decided in Brussels, Paris, Washington or London”

“The fate of the countries of the Alliance of Sahel States (ESA) will not be decided in Brussels, Paris, Washington or London”
“The fate of the countries of the Alliance of Sahel States (ESA) will not be decided in Brussels, Paris, Washington or London”

This was declared by Abdoulaye Diop, Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, who spoke on the sidelines of the 36th edition of the Crans Montana Forum in Brussels, held from June 26 to 28, 2024, around the theme : “The States General of the World”, where he had a meeting with the African Group of Ambassadors on the subject of the Alliance of Sahel States (AES)

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From June 26 to 28 in Brussels, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs took part in the meeting organized by the Swiss think tank, Crans Montana

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mali, African ambassadors with a view to promoting a better understanding of this new Alliance which is now changing the geopolitical configuration of the West African sub-region.

Diop stressed that “we need, through the Alliance of Sahel States, to propose an alternative to have an organization that is not driven from outside, an organization that does not become a danger for its members, for its populations. How can we work to bring our populations closer together by implementing another way of doing things?”

The same source specifies that “the fate of our countries will not be decided in Brussels, Paris, Washington or London. It will be decided in Bamako, Ouagadougou, Niamey”, adding that this geopolitical reality must be followed.

AES belongs to the ECOWAS area, recognizes the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Abdoulaye Diop acknowledges that the AES belongs to the same area as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), while stressing that it will be necessary to discuss the modalities of living together.

“With or without you, we will move forward. If the Europeans are not there, the Chinese will be there, the Russians will be there, the Australians will be there. Today, we are not married to anyone,” the Malian diplomat continued.

And he added: “With the AES, there is a new geopolitical situation that is there. Whether you like it or not. It doesn’t matter! […] ECOWAS will continue its journey, we will talk to each other. We will identify means of coexistence.”

It should be remembered that for two days, the AES was at the heart of the European capital both on the occasion of the Crans Montana Forum and as part of the activities organised on the sidelines of this meeting.

AES, a path of no return

The President of the Transition of Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, recently reaffirmed that the countries of the Alliance of Sahel States (AES) have taken a path of no return concerning their withdrawal from ECOWAS.

As a reminder, Bamako, Ouagadougou and Niamey announced last September the signing of the Liptako-Gourma Charter establishing the Alliance of Sahel States, a collective defense alliance, against a backdrop of growing tensions with ECOWAS and the deterioration of diplomatic relations between these three Sahel States and France, the former colonial power.

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