Mali President grateful for Namibia's support towards peace

22 Mar 2016 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 MAR (NAMPA) - Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has expressed gratitude towards Namibia for its support in the undergoing peace process in Mali.
The Mali President was speaking during the celebration of Namibia’s 26th Independence Anniversary as the guest of honour here on Monday.
“In moments where Africa is facing new kinds of threats, it is our duty to reinforce the cooperation in all existing domains, particularly in the field of security. Our common fight against terrorism becomes a priority,” Keïta said.
The Mali President underscored the importance of the continuous strengthening of a dynamic and fruitful cooperation between his country and Namibia, as well as the deepening of personal ties between the two States.
He said State relationships are often nurtured by the reciprocal esteem that leaders owe to one another.
“Today's Namibia is a model, a school for Africa, which gives to the whole world, an image of a fortunate process power shifting to countries, without losing the soul of the initial struggle of the founding fathers,” he stated.
Mali has since 2012 experienced social instability as a result of a military coup, fighting between government and rebel forces and extremists forcefully occupying land in the northern regions. The Tuareg Rebellion of a northern separatist group wanting autonomy from the State claiming they benefit very little, surfaced for the fourth time in January 2012 and is a long standing issue since the country’s independence from France in 1960.