Malian FM: NATO’s Intervention in Libya Bolstered Terrorism in Africa

Mali's Foreign Minister, Abdoulaye Diop
Mali's Foreign Minister, Abdoulaye Diop

Mali’s Foreign Minister, Abdoulaye Diop claimed that NATO’s intervention in Libya, and the support of some terrorist groups “contributed to the bolstering and proliferation of terrorism in Mali and the entire Sahel region.”

In an interview with Al-Mayadeen newspaper, Diop added that “groups from the Malian community in Libya benefited from NATO’s intervention, in order to obtain support and assistance.”

He noted that the groups in question “went to northern Mali, and were joined by terrorist organizations, who went on to occupy a third of Mali’s territory.”

Diop underlined that the “instability resulting from terrorism is no longer confined to northern Mali. It expanded to include almost all parts of the country, and has crossed national borders, spreading to neighbouring countries to the Gulf of Guinea.”

In January, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov noted that Russia does not interfere in the internal affairs of other states, dismissing French President, Emmanuel Macron’s claims against Moscow. He said that Libya became a “black hole” – among other things – due to France’s intervention in the Libyan Civil War as part of NATO forces.

The former Secretary-General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa claimed last year that the results of NATO’s intervention in Libya “were disastrous.”

In press statements, Moussa added that the “results of NATO’s intervention in Libya in 2011 were a violation of Libyan sovereignty.”

He confirmed that the “situation in Libya was difficult in light of the state of anger and revolution. This opened the door to many rumours and stories at the time.”

Moussa stressed that the Arab League did not ask for NATO’s intervention. “What is reported about our call for NATO to intervene in Libya is contrary to the truth, and there is a lot of misunderstanding about it. If the Arab League could move NATO in this way, it would be easy. It is not reasonable what is being reported in this regard, and whoever wants to know the truth should see the documents available at the United Nations.”

He pointed out that the discussions that took place in this regard “must be viewed and not rely on what is published of whims only. It is also possible to view the book of the Libyan Foreign Minister at this time.”

He emphasized that the Libyan Foreign Minister at the time “acknowledged his fear of me interfering in the Security Council discussions and my objection to NATO’s intervention in Libya. I tried to ease matters personally, but I could not stop a Security Council resolution.”