Mali: Armed groups pull out of peace talks
24 December 2022 | 10:48 am
The coalition of armed groups accused Mali's military government of lacking the political will to achieve peace. They gave a precondition to their return to the talks — relocating them to a neutral country.
The French military said the withdrawal of its forces from Mali has been completed after more than eight years of presence in the West African country.
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