Algiers, 12 August 2022 (TDI): The Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra condemned the terrorist attacks on Mali’s military forces and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

Terrorist attacks in Mali

The terrorist attacks in Mali targeted Mali’s military unit in the town of Tissit. This particular terrorist attack created the highest death toll reaching 42 casualties. By far, it was the worst among the series of terrorist attacks in Mali since 2019.

The Algerian Foreign Minister Lamamra condemned the terrorist attacks on Malian military forces. Following his visit, he took to Twitter to offer condolences to the families of the victims.

Overview of the Malian conflict 

Mali transitioned from being a French colony to becoming an independent republic in 1960. The country has therefore endured decades of conflict and civil strife as a result of this transition.

These conflicts are due to the ethnic rebellions and Islamist militia groups that undermine the government and threaten the region’s stability.

This instability and militant activity on the Northern borders are of great concern for Algeria. Algeria is heavily invested in bringing peace and stability to Mali as it shares a large border with the country in the Sahel desert which is highly unsafe.

Algeria has barricaded and deployed troops on its border with Mali for increased security. The fear of growing militants from Mali alarms Algeria and other countries like the United States.

Both the United States and Algeria have come together to discuss the reduction of this extremism. In an attempt to counter terrorism, Algeria and Mali are also invested in diverse economic cooperation.

Recent meeting between Algerian-Malian Foreign Ministers

Previously on 8 August 2022 Foreign Minister of Algeria, Ramtane Lamamra also met with the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop during his visit to Algeria. In this meeting, both of the representatives discussed various political affairs.

This meeting mainly focused on boosting cordial relations between the two nations. Important issues like peace and security in Mali were also part of the discussion.