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Mali accuses France of training ‘terrorists’ in the country

10 October 2021, Assume Tech
Mali accuses France of training ‘terrorists’ in the country

Prime Minister of Mali Shogoel Maiga has launched a severe attack on France, accusing it of using his country’s territory to train terrorist groups from Libya.

The Prime Minister of Mali also indicated that France blocked the Malian army from entering the city of Kidal and handed it over to a group close to al-Qaeda.

On Tuesday, Mali’s foreign ministry summoned its ambassador to Paris, against the backdrop of French President Emmanuel Macron’s “unfortunate statements” about the ruling military junta. in Mali, expressing the wish for the “return of the state” to the African country.

In a statement, the ministry said that the Malian foreign minister “called on the French authorities to exercise restraint and to avoid expressing evaluative judgments”.

The statement affirmed Bamako’s rejection of “hostile statements and.” offensive” made by Macron, expressing” strong protest against these deplorable statements “.

Macron asked for the “return of the state” on Tuesday in Mali, in the context of high tensions with the coastal state, while France is working to reduce its military presence.

French soldier in Mali

“The state must return with its judiciary, education and police everywhere, especially in Mali, “Macron said, where large areas of land remain out of the control of government forces facing extremist insurgency, ethnic tensions and smuggling.

Earlier, last Thursday, Macron had severely attacked Malian Prime Minister Shogoel Maiga for the “shameful” accusations made against his country by the UN forum, in which he claimed that France was about to “abandon” Mali.

In June, Paris began reorganizing its military presence in the Sahel region, in particularly by leaving the bases located in the far north of Mali (Kidal, Timbuktu and Tessalit), and planning to reduce the number of its forces in the region by 2023 to between 2,500 and 3,000 elements, compared to more than 5,000 today.
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