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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that troops will leave Mali

French President Emmanuel Macron (2-right) together with Ghanaian President Nana Afuco Adda (right), Senegalese President Mackie Salam (2-L) and European Council President Charles Michel (left) hold a joint press conference on France’s participation in the Sahel region. at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Thursday. France and its partners have announced the beginning of the withdrawal of troops from Mali. Photo by Jan Langsdan / EPA-EFE

February 17 (UPI) – French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday that French troops were leaving Mali after African leaders met in Paris to discuss plans to combat the ongoing jihadist uprising in the Sahel region.

This was stated by Macron and France’s security partners break from Mali comes after disagreements with the ruling junta that runs the country.

“We cannot remain militarily involved with the de facto authorities, whose strategy and hidden goals we do not share,” Macron said, according to France 24.

France, Canada, and European and regional states have stated that they have faced “numerous obstacles” from the Malian authorities during their stay in the country and that “the political, operational and legal conditions for the effective continuation of hostilities are no longer met.” Washington Post reported.

Colonel Suleiman Dembele, a spokesman for the Mali government, sought to downplay this statement, believing that terrorism had “swallowed” their country, despite the presence of foreign troops supporting them.

France achieved early success in initially repelling Islamic militants in West Africa in 2013. However, terrorist groups there have resumed to continue fighting, gaining victories that threatened the current government.

The United States has 1,100 people in West Africa, supporting France’s efforts and providing logistical and intelligence assistance. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

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