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Mali and Russia forge bilateral security partnership

Mali's foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop was in Moscow on (Wednesday) 28th February for talks with the Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to strengthen their bilateral security partnership.

Mali’s foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop was in Moscow on Wednesday (28 February) for talks with the Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Addressing a press conference, the two leaders vowed to strengthen their bilateral security partnership.

“As for the topic of security, we are actively interacting in the military and military-technical sphere, and we see how Mali’s defence capability is being strengthened thanks to the work of our instructors and the training of personnel on the territory of the Russian Federation for the Malian armed forces, and thanks, of course, to the supply of Russian military equipment,” said Sergey Lavrov.

The conference produced memorandums of understanding signed on implementing specific structuring development projects, including railway construction, two tram networks, and an airline.

Lavrov said that Moscow had supplied Bamako with 25,000 tons of wheat and 17,000 tons of fuel in January alone.

Mali and Russia have long-standing ties of friendship and cooperate in many sectors, including economics and security. The presidents, Colonel Assimi Goïta and Vladimir Putin, maintain a solid diplomatic relationship.

Since 1960, the USSR has offered scholarships to Mali for studies and training courses. The Russian Federation has provided 290 scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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