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Thursday, July 29, 2021

France Suspends Joint Military Operations With Mali Over Coup

France suspended its joint military operations with Mali on June 3 due to a coup last week.

France said the suspension would continue until it received guarantees from the Malian military that it will comply to international demands to restore civilian rule.

“Pending these guarantees, France, after informing its partners and the Malian authorities, has decided to suspend, as a precaution and temporarily, joint military operations with the Malian forces, as well as national advisory missions that benefit them,” the French armed forces ministry said in a statement.

In the statement, France cited the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union for setting “the framework for the political transition in Mali” after the African bodies suspended the memberships of the West African country this week.

“It is up to the Malian authorities to respond quickly,” the French ministry stated.

French troops will continue to operate in Mali independently and the suspension will be reviewed in the coming days, according to the ministry.

Last May 25, Colonel Assimi Goïta ousted interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane due to a dispute about a cabinet reshuffle, in which two senior military members lost their positions.

The military-led coup is the second in just nine months.

French President Emmanuel Macron said last week that France was prepared to impose sanctions on those responsible for the coup.

French troops have been fighting Islamic extremists in Mali since 2013, helping the African country regain its territory overrun by the militants.

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