The Mauritanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated Tuesday, March 8, in a statement a copy of which was given to the Mauritanian news agency, having summoned the Mali ambassador to inform him of his “Strong condemnation of the recent recurrent criminal acts perpetrated by regular Malian armed forces against our innocent and defenceless citizens on Malian soil.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Mauritanian news agency, the Mauritanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned “recurrent criminal acts perpetrated by the Malian army” against its nationals.
This protest comes after two serious events involving Mauritanians in the space of a few weeks in Mali, including the disappearance of several nationals across the border a few days ago.
Here is the full text of the communiqué of the Mauritanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: On Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Mauritanians Abroad convened SEM Mohamed Dibassi, Ambassador of the Republic of Mali accredited to our country. The purpose of the summons was to inform the ambassador of our strong condemnation of the recent recurrent criminal acts perpetrated by regular Malian armed forces against our innocent and defenceless citizens on Malian territory.
The previous act resulted in the sending of a high-level delegation of our country to the Republic of Mali to try to contain this hostile behaviour towards our fellow citizens, and despite the commitments given in this regard, the level of response of Malian officials – at the central and regional levels – remains below expectations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Mauritanians from outside, recalling our country’s position based on fraternal and humanitarian considerations and taking into account the links of history and geography, rejecting the principle of starving the Malian people, saying that the lives of our innocent citizens and the security of their property will remain above all consideration.”