Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the high-level meeting on Mali and the Sahel, in New York today:
Before I begin, please join me in a moment of silence for all those who sacrificed their lives for peace in Mali and the Sahel. Thank you.
In May, I had the honour of visiting Mali. I was there to express my solidarity with the Malian people during Ramadan — and our MINUSMA [United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali] forces on Peacekeepers Day.