Germany tells Mali to halt work with Russian mercenaries | News | DW

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Wednesday told leaders in Mali that Berlin’s continued support would be contingent upon political reforms and warned of the country’s cooperation with Russian mercenaries.

Baerbock, who is also traveling to neighboring Niger, met with interim President Assimi Goita — who came to power after two successive military coups in 2020 and 2021 — in the capital Bamako.

“It is clear to us that we urgently need … a clear commitment to democratization and, above all, elections,” Berlin’s top diplomat said after the meeting.

Goita postponed elections for five years that were originally scheduled for February .

Baerbock also said the country desperately needed to fight corruption and judicial impunity.

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