Mali: Can Dialogue With Violent Extremist Groups Help Bring Stability?

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[ISS] In a strategy shift in Mali's fight against terrorism, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta announced on 10 February that he was exploring the option of dialogue with violent extremist groups. On 8 March Iyad Ag Ghaly, Jama'a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) leader, said the group agreed 'to dialogue with Bamako without preconditions in line with the popular will, particularly that expressed by the population regarding the end of French occupation'.

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