The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Tiéman Coulibaly, Foreign Minister of Mali. The Secretary-General and the Minister discussed the deployment of MINUSMA and its contribution to the Malian peace process.
The Secretary-General congratulated the Transitional Government on the signature of the Preliminary Agreement with northern armed groups on 18 June, and encouraged all parties to work cooperatively to ensure its smooth implementation.
The Secretary-General also encouraged the Malian authorities to continue efforts to ensure a favourable political environment for the conduct of the presidential elections on 28 July, and pledged United Nations support for the national dialogue process that will take place following the polls.