French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to arrive in the Republic of Mali on Monday December 20, 2021 for a programmed meeting with the Colonel President of transition Assimi Goita in the country’s capital city Bamako.
The planned meeting is to discuss and iron out the diplomatic tension between the two countries, after which Emmanuel Macron has also scheduled a Pre-Christmas party with French army personnel based Gao Region.
The diplomatic conflicts between France and Mali started in 2012 after an official request by the then Malian interim government for French military assistance. The operation, themed Operation Serval was a French military operation in Mali aimed at ousting Islamic militants from the north of Mali. The militants had begun a push into the center of Mali. The operation ended on 15 July 2014, and was replaced by Operation Barkhane, launched on 1 August 2014 to fight Islamist fighters in the Sahel. Three of the five Islamic leaders, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, Abdel Krim and Omar Ould Hamaha were killed, while Mokhtar Belmokhtar fled to Libya and Iyad ag Ghali fled to Algeria.