Visits Visits

Joint Statement by India and Mali on the occasion of the visit of the President of Mali

January 11, 2012

  • H.E. Mr. President of the Republic of Mali Amadou Toumani TOURE paid a State visit to India on January 11-12, 2012. The President was accompanied by First Lady Madame Toure Lobbo Traore and a high-level Ministerial and Business delegation. The Ministerial delegation included Their Excellencies, Dr. Bocary Tereta, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries; Mr. Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Mr. Aghatham AG Alhassane, Minister of Agriculture; Mr. Habib Ouane, Minister of Power and Water; Mr. Modibo Ibrahim Toure; Minister of Post and New Technologies; Mr. Sambou Wague, Minister in Charge of Budget.
  • The President was accorded an official ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in the capital New Delhi on January 11, 2012. The President laid a wreath at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. During the visit, President Toure met with the President of India Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil who hosted a Banquet in his honour. He held talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Shri E. Ahamed, Minister of State for External Affairs called on the President.
  • President Toure met leaders of Indian business and industry in New Delhi.
  • President Toure appreciated the achievements made by the State, the Government and people of India in all fields in the course of national development which has increasingly enhanced the role and standing of India in the region and the world.
  • The leaders of the two countries exchanged views in an atmosphere of warmth, cordiality and mutual trust on all aspects of bilateral cooperation as well as on the regional and international issues of mutual interest. They welcomed the development of the friendship and cooperation between India and Mali.
  • The leaders expressed satisfaction at the intensification of diplomatic contacts between the two countries following the opening of resident Embassies in New Delhi and Bamako in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
  • Both sides agreed to further enhance high-level visits and meetings between the two countries. The leaders noted that there still remained considerable potential for cooperation and agreed to strongly enhance the partnership between the two countries in all areas of mutual interest.
  • Both sides called for an early convening of the first meeting of the Joint Ministerial Commission following the signing of the Agreement on Political, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation between India and Mali in October 2009.
  • The leaders agreed to further deepen the partnership, by adding more concrete programmes and projects and broadening it to new areas for cooperation. Both sides agreed to continue strengthening cooperation in the areas of economy, trade and investment, finance, human resource development, culture, agriculture, fisheries, etc., while striving to expand cooperation into other potential areas such as mining, hydrocarbons, agriculture, food processing, ICT, science and technology, public health. Both sides agreed to find ways and means of enhancing and further expanding the bilateral trade and promoting mutually beneficial cooperation. India noted with appreciation Mali’s offer for Indian participation in their mining industry, agriculture, food processing, dairy and poultry farming, cotton cultivation, pharmaceutical industry, leather industry, automobile and two-wheeler segment and other commercial activities and expressed its willingness to collaborate with Mali in these areas.
  • Both sides noted with satisfaction that the two-way trade had increased steadily in the recent years. President Toure affirmed that Mali would create favourable conditions for Indian enterprises to invest in the country. Both sides agreed to step up trade and investment linkages, inter-alia by encouraging cooperation.
  • The Malian side welcomed the enhanced training slots provided by India under ITEC for training and capacity building of Malian defence forces.
  • During the visit, the following Agreements were concluded: an Agreement for grant of a Government of India Line of Credit of US $ 100 million for a Power Transmission Project connecting Bamako and Sikasso via Bougouni in Mali and MoU on Co-operation in the Field of Geology and Mineral Resources.
  • President Toure highly appreciated the support and assistance of the Government and people of India rendered to Mali’s development process over the past years and warmly welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister of India to continue to assist Mali in its socio- economic development.
  • The leaders affirmed their desire and determination to work together for peace and stability in the region and the world, and agreed to further strengthen cooperation at regional and international fora, especially the ECOWAS-India as well as in AU, WTO, WIPO, UN and the Non-aligned Movement.
  • The Malian side underlined the pioneering role played by India in consistently extending support and cooperation to African countries within the framework of South-South Cooperation. This has acquired an enhanced and significant role following the successful organisation of India- Africa Forum Summit in 2008 and the Africa-India Forum Summit in 2011 leading to the strengthening of Africa–India relationship.
  • Both sides also agreed to closely cooperate to promote dialogue and cooperation in Africa with the aim of promoting peace, stability, development and prosperity in the continent.
  • The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation to effectively address the challenges posed by non-traditional security threats such as climate change, environmental degradation, natural disasters, energy security etc.
  • The Indian side thanked Mali for its support to India’s candidature for permanent membership in an expanded United Nations Security Council.
  • On the situation in the Middle East, the two sides condemned any forms of violence and urged the protagonists to resume dialogue and reiterated their support for the "Road Map” of the Quartet.
  • The two sides strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and resolved to increase cooperation in the common efforts of the international community in preventing this scourge in a comprehensive manner. Both sides agreed to closely cooperate for an early finalisation of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, for which India had presented a draft at the United Nations in 1996.
  • The Indian side appreciated the regional peace-keeping efforts of Mali in Africa and reiterated its offer for providing training facilities to Mali to augment its peace-keeping capabilities. India appreciated the Conference on Peace, Security and Development in the Sahelo Saharian region organised by the Government of Mali in 2010, in order to address issues on cross-border crimes and terrorism affecting the region.
  • President Amadou Toumani Toure expressed his gratitude to the State, Government and friendly people of India for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to the President and the Malian delegation during their State Visit to the Republic of India. He invited Her Excellency the President and His Excellency the Prime of India to pay State Visits to Mali. The invitations were accepted.

New Delhi
11th January, 2012

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