In August 2020, troopers in Mali, led by Colonel Assimi Goita, overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. In response, Mali’s former colonial ruler France suspended its joint navy operations.
As relations with France worsened, Mali appeared to spice up ties with Russia, saying it was a diplomatic effort to diversify overseas coverage. Mali expelled the French ambassador earlier than France introduced the withdrawal of navy forces after almost 10 years of confrontation within the Sahel.
So, what’s subsequent for relations between Paris and Bamako? And is Colonel Goita aiming to remain in energy?
Mali’s overseas minister, Abdoulaye Diop, talks to Al Jazeera.