Minister of Defence Luik participated in the Sahel Coalition video meeting yesterday called together by the French Minster of Defence, which discussed the situation in Mali and the further actions ahead. The Coalition’s Minsters of Defence confirmed that the coup would not be recognized, but that the fight against terrorism in Mali must continue and that a peaceful transition to democratic governance must take place as soon as possible.
‘There is an urgent need to restore the civilian government in Mali, which includes as many stakeholders as possible,’ said Minister of Defence Luik at the meeting.
There was a consensus that the international community must continue to support Mali, otherwise the situation there would deteriorate further which would pose a threat to Europe through an upsurge in terrorism and potentially new migration flows.
French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly thanked the partners for their support in Mali. In addition to Estonia, other allies belonging to the coalition were also represented: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Holland, and the European Union, as well as the United Nations (UN).
The Ministers of Defence and representatives from the European Union and the United Nations reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring security and stability in Mali.
Stabilization efforts in Mali are supported by the European Union and the United Nations through various missions, as well as by the French through Operation Barkhane and the Takuba special operations task force. The Estonian Defence Force is participating in all four international initiatives together with allies.
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