Sand Prime Minister of Mali Shogowell Maiga launched a violent attack on France, accusing it of using his country’s territory to train terrorist groups from Libya.
The Malian Prime Minister also indicated that France prevented the Malian army from entering the town of Kidal and handed it over to a group close to Al Qaeda.
City of Kidal
On Tuesday, the Malian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned its ambassador to Paris, against the backdrop of “unfortunate statements” by French President Emmanuel Macron concerning the military council in power in Mali and his expression of hope for the “return of the state” to the African country.
The ministry said in a statement that the Foreign Minister of Finance He called on the French authorities to show restraint Avoid making evaluative judgments.
The statement affirmed the rejection by Bamako of the “unfriendly and insulting statements” made by Macron, expressing “a strong protest against these regrettable statements”.
On Tuesday, Macron called for the “return of the state” to Mali, amid strong tensions with the coastal state, as France works to reduce its military presence there.
French soldier in Mali
“The state must return with its justice system, education and police everywhere, especially in Mali,” Macron said, where large swathes of land remain out of the control of government forces controlling the country. It faces an extremist insurgency, ethnic tensions and smuggling.
Before that, last Thursday, Macron sharply attacked Malian Prime Minister Shogoel Maiga for the “shameful” accusations he had leveled against his country from the United Nations forum, in which he said France was on the verge. ” to abandon “Mali.
In June, Paris began to reorganize its military presence in the Sahel region, notably by leaving the bases located in the far north of Mali (Kidal, Timbuktu and Tessalit), and considering reducing the number of its forces in the region. by 2023 to between 2,500 and 3,000 elements, compared to more than 5,000 currently.