Germany to withdraw troops from Mali by the end of 2023
Bundeswehr's mission in Mali is coming to an end.
Germany will end its participation in a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali by the end of next year, according to a government source to AFP.
"By the end of 2023 at the latest, German soldiers are to end their involvement in the UN blue helmet mission MINUSMA," the source said.
Earlier this week, the United Kingdom and the Ivory Coast said they will be withdrawing from the mission, with London arguing that Mali's rulers were "not willing to work with us to deliver lasting stability and security".
Germany's military personnel, amounting up to 1,400 soldiers, have been in Mali since 2013, under the pretext of the MINUSMA mission. After France's withdrawal from Mali, part of the reason why German troops are still in Mali is to compensate for the withdrawal.
Paris has been in Mali for almost 10 years under the pretext of "fighting jihadist groups."
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Earlier in September, Berlin announced the suspension of its reconnaissance patrols in eastern Mali after failing to attain flyover rights. The permission is needed for flights between Gao, home to the German military's main base in Mali, and Niamey, the capital of neighboring Niger.
Malians have repeatedly taken to the streets of the capital, Bamako, in demonstrations in support of the Malian Armed Forces. The demonstrators also voiced dissatisfaction with France's actions in the country, a former colony, especially after Malian troops reportedly found bodies buried near the base in the town of Gossi, which had been under the control of French forces until they handed it over to Mali.