The office of the Prime Minister of Mali announced yesterday via their Twitter account that “Dr. Boubou Cissé was received by President Kagame on Monday, March 2nd, bringing a message from President Keïta.”
Cissé thanked President Kagame on the support the government of Rwanda continuously offers to Mali regarding political matters as well as his personal engagement in the Sahel region to counter the growing threats from Islamic Jihadists.
In March 2018, Rwanda donated a million dollars (Rwf 860 million) to support G5 Sahel, an alliance of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad aiming at fighting against terrorist groups in the Sahel region.
The Sahel region spreads between the Sahara Desert to the North and the Sudanese savanna to the South. Security threats caused by Boko Haram terrorist group in Libya in 2011 and in Mali in 2012 intensified political instability in the Sahel region.
President Kagame reiterated the government of Rwanda commitment to uphold good diplomatic relations with Mali and its people as well as mutual support with President Keïta.
Rwanda and Mali are on good political terms. In 2018, Dr. Edouard Ngirente, Prime Minister of Rwanda attended the swearing in ceremony of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta