Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Following reports of an upsurge of insecurity in some countries of the Sahel-Saharan region to which Mali belongs, Bamako has reassured that security on its territory is tight, according to an official statement published Tuesday in the capital.
According to the Malian government, there is no concrete evidence showing an alleged insecurity upsurge likely to hinder the free movement of persons and property in the country, including the tourist destinations in Mopti.
In the statement, the Malian authorities urged people to go about their businesses, calling on the "Friends of Mali" and all those wishing to visit the country not to change their programmes.
They said that the defence and security forces would ensure peace and tranquility for citizens, visitors and tourists visiting the country.
Friday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga, had met with the diplomatic corps and representatives of international organizations to discuss the security situation and the potential impact on Mali following the security report from some countries in the sub-region.
He told the diplomats that Mali was concerned about the Libyan conflict, given the role played by Libya in the security and stability of the Sahel-Sahara region.
The Sahel, which is the second border line of Europe after North Africa, is one of the few regions of the world under transboundary threat.
It stretches over eight million square kilometres.
The French embassy in Mali had said in recent days on its website that the risk of seeing French nationals taken hostage in Mali and Niger remained high.
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