President of Mali Receives OIC Secretary General in Jeddah
20/04/2017- The President of the Republic of Mali, His Excellency Mr.Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, during his visit to Saudi Arabia, received on Thursday, 20 April 2017, at Jeddah Conference Palace, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), His Excellency Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, and his accompanying delegation.
The Malian President and the OIC Secretary General exchanged views concerning bilateral and multilateral cooperation. The two sides addressed issues linked to social, economic and cultural development and security in the West African Sahel region, particularly in Mali.
The discussion focused on the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, reached through the “Algiers process”, and the efforts to bring it into force. President Keita briefed the Secretary General on the outcome of the National Peace Conference held in Bamako on 27 March to 2 April 2017, stressing that implementing the agreement will continue for the interest of Mali and its people.
For his part, Secretary General Al-Othaimeen emphasized on the importance of installing interim authorities in Mali. He also stressed that the OIC, which contributed in an effective way tothe return of peace in Mali since 2013, will continue its work asa guarantor of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, in addition to being actively engaged in the work of the peace agreement monitoring committee and the work of the OIC Ministerial Contact Group on Mali.