Focus on peace and development when Margot Wallström and Peter Hultqvist visited Mali

The peace agreement in Mali, talks with representatives of the Malian Government and a visit to the Swedish detachment in Camp Nobel as part of the UN stabilisation mission, MINUSMA. These were some of the points on the agenda when Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist, together with Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Micael Bydén, visited Mali on 5–7 January.

  • Margot Wallström and Peter Hultqvist in Timbuktu

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met local women's organisations in Timbuktu, Mali.

    Photo: Swedish Armed Forces

  • Margot Wallström and Peter Hultqvist welcomed by local Imam Abdulrahman Ben Essayuti

    Imam Abdulrahman Ben Essayuti welcomes Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist to the Djingareybermosque. In the background between the two ministers is the Swedish Supreme Commander, general Micael Bydén

    Photo: Swedish Armed Forces

Ms Wallström and Mr Hultqvist's visit to Mali comes at an important time for the country. A peace agreement was signed last June and is now being implemented with the support of the UN stabilisation mission, MINUSMA.

During their visit, the ministers met Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Prime Minister Modibo Keïta, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop and Minister of Defence Tiéman Hubert Coulibaly for talks on peace, security and development in the country. Peace and security and the implementation of the peace agreement were also the focus when Ms Wallström and Mr Hultqvist visited the Swedish unit in Timbuktu.

"For sustainable peace, it is important that the peace agreement is implemented in an inclusive manner. Women must have a role in the peace process," says Ms Wallström, who with Mr Hultqvist also met local women's organisations in Timbuktu.