Mauritania demands Mali to investigate the murder of seven Mauritanians

Nouakchott, Jan 21 (EFE) .- The president of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, sent a delegation to Mali that includes his defense, interior and foreign ministers to demand that the Malian authorities investigate the death of seven Mauritanians in their territory . The mission of the delegation is to ask the Malian authorities to identify the perpetrators of these murders, of which neither Nouakchott nor Bamako specify for now where and when they occurred, the Mauritanian Presidency announced in a statement on Friday. The deaths provoked the reaction of Mauritanian citizens in the street demanding a firmer attitude from Nouakchott in demonstrations and sit-ins organized for this purpose, while parliamentarians spoke publicly calling the silence of the Mauritanian government unacceptable so far. Incidents of aggression against Mauritanians on Malian territory have been repeated for a long time without the aggressors being identified in most cases. The emissaries of the Mauritanian president also aim to launch a coordination tool to prevent similar attacks against Mauritanian nationals in Mali in the future, according to the press release. Mauritania is a founding member of the G5 Sahel (along with Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad), whose main stated objective is the fight against terrorism in this region, but it does not participate on the ground in military operations against armed groups. Likewise, its territory has not suffered incursions or attacks by these groups for more than 10 years. These deaths, confirmed to Efe by a Malian security source, are of great concern in Bamako, plunged into a security and political crisis and seeking an ally in Mauritania to face the embargo it is suffering from the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to force their coup government to call elections. EFE

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