The taboo of a dialogue with the Islamists to get out of a war that has lasted for eight years has long been broken.
Officially nothing has changed. The famous formula “We do not negotiate with terrorists” remains the mantra on the agenda in the Sahel conflict. Emmanuel Macron recalled in November, in an interview with Young Africa, and with a somewhat martial tone, that he intended to stick to the Algiers accords alone. “These provide for a dialogue with different political and autonomist groups. But that does not mean that we have to dialogue with terrorist groups, which continue to kill civilians and soldiers, including our soldiers ”, explained the president. “I don’t quite see what we could talk about with people who intend to impose Sharia law on an entire country”, underlines a French official.
But beyond the postures, the taboo of a possible dialogue with the Islamists to get out of a war that has lasted for eight years, without the slightest outcome being in sight, has long been broken. The Malian government has openly mentioned and even promoted it. First fiercely
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