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In a dialogue singled out by and Radio France International (RFA) from Ethiopia, Malian President Abu Bakr Ibrahim Keita revealed “opening channels for dialogue with jihadists” including leaders Amadou Koufa and Iyad Ag Ghali.
The president said The financial Abu Bakr Ibrahim Keita in an interview with on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Ethiopia, “We are ready to build bridges of communication with everyone … At some point we will have to sit around a table and talk.” “There is no contradiction between engaging with jihadists and fighting terrorism. My duty today is to find spaces for dialogue in order to reach any possible calm” and “it is time to discuss and explore new ways,” he added.
This, despite the Malian president realizing that dialogue with the jihadists is “necessary”, but he knows very well as he says “what are the intentions of his interlocutors”, as he said, “We are not naive adults and we are not closed people as well.”
Abu Bakr Ibrahim Keita also announced that Malian military forces “are moving towards the city of Kidal and will arrive there, perhaps next Friday.”
It should be noted that Kidal, located in the north of the country, is not entirely under the control of the government.