Mali Pulls Out of Extremist Fighting Group

Mali announced its withdrawal from the G5, a west African force against extremists, on Sunday.

The withdrawal was a direct result of Mali’s rejection as leader of the G5 regional organization, which comprises Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso, and Niger.

According to a statement from the Malian government, The “start of the Malian presidency of the G5” was supposed to be marked with a summit of G5 Sahel leaders of state in Bamako, Mali in February 2022, which still has not taken place.

“The opposition of some G5 Sahel member states to Mali’s presidency is linked to maneuvers by a state outside the region aiming desperately to isolate Mali,” said the Malian government.

Mali has been the target of a series of economic and diplomatic sanctions imposed by west African states since January 9 to punish the military junta’s attempt to extend its rule after coups in August 2020 and May 2021.

The G5 Sahel was established in 2014 while its anti-extremist force was formed in 2017, and has over 5,000 troops.

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