Mali/conversation with Mr Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
Paris, October 18, 2014
The French President had a telephone conversation with Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of Mali. The two heads of state expressed their solidarity in the fight against terrorism. They recalled their appreciation of the work done by the United Nations [Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization] Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the countries forming it.
The French President expressed to the Malian President his support for the discussions organized in Algiers between the government and the armed groups present in northern Mali. He voiced his desire for those discussions to be completed swiftly, to enable the Malian state to be deployed throughout the country and to facilitate reconciliation between all Malians, with due respect for the unity and laïcité [secularism] (1) of that state.
Finally, François Hollande reiterated to Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta France’s commitment to Mali’s development./.
(1) laïcité goes beyond the concept of secularism, embracing the strict neutrality of the state.