General Maio took the opportunity to assess how EUTM is fulfilling the fifth’s mandate’s objectives, especially regarding the rebasing solutions in the current evolving challenging political and security situation. He expressed to all stakeholders the EU’s willingness and commitment to continue supporting Sahel countries as a credible and trusted partner.
During his visit in Mali, Major General Maio conducted several Key Leader Engagements in which he recalled the EU strong commitment in the SAHEL and the need to continue with the excellent cooperation with all stakeholders, including MINUSMA, BARKHANE and the G5 SAHEL. He met the EU DEL ambassador, Mr. Bart OUVRY, the EU MS representatives, the Chief of the General Staff of the Mali Armed Forces, Brigadier General Oumar DIARRA, the EUCAP HoM, the Head of RACC, the Barkhane Mission Representative, the commanders of the 2nd and the 6th military regions and the MINUSMA Force Commander. The D-Dir/COS MPCC also visited the training site in MOPTI–SEVARE area where he commented on the excellent work of the Education and Training Task Force (ETTF) and the Koulikoro Training Centre (KTC) where he had the opportunity to exchange with EUTM troops and be briefed on the ongoing EUTM’s Mali current and future activities. General Maio visited the SEGOU training centre where he observed an on the spot Counter IED Exercise. He also received a briefing on the current structure and activities of the NCO School in Banankoro and the ITAT premises in the Bamako airport where he was briefed about the operational value of the new helicopters unit on the current MEDEVAV/CASEVAC and troops transportation support to EUTM Mali.
During his visit in Burkina Faso, General Maio conducted Key Leader Engagement with the EU DEL ambassador, Mr. Wolfram VETTER and the EU MS representatives in the country. He took the opportunity to highlight the role of MPCC and the main ongoing and planned EUTM Mali training activities in the Sahel region and to mention the MPCC priorities, main concerns and limitations for the future. In addition to this, he emphasised the need for the MS to maintain cohesion and unity of effort when facing the challenges from the whole mission area.
The Deputy Director and Chief of Staff MPCC re-called with the Malian authorities and all international partners the major lines of EUTM Mali’s fifth mandate, which was well received by all interlocutors. Despite the effects of the pandemic, EUTM Mali remains highly visible, credible and accepted by the Malian, Burkina Faso authorities and international partners.