Mali’s junta unfazed by pull-out of German troops – DW – 11/23/2022

After 10 years of trying to help build peace in Mali, Germany is pulling out its troops from the West African country. The Bundeswehr’s participation in the UN mission MINUSMA will be ended by May 2024 “according to a very orderly plan,” German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said, in Berlin, on Tuesday. She explained that the progressive withdrawal was designed to have some troops remain in the country during elections scheduled for February.

Mali’s rulers took the news in stride. Fousseynou Ouattara, vice president of the military junta’s National Defense, Security and Civil Defense Committee, told DW that the German decision was “much wiser than we expected.” The junta had assumed that Germany would “blindly follow France,” he added. The French army completed its departure…

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