The military junta in Mali ordered the United Nations peacekeeping mission MINUSMA to leave the country earlier this year. The peacekeepers' convoys have been hit by multiple improvised explosive devices.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday night that France will withdraw 1,500 military troops by the end of the year and that France, the former colonial power in Niger, refused to "be held hostage by the putchists."
Niger has hailed France's withdrawal as a "step towards sovereignty." But experts argue that the move has broad implications for the country, the Sahel region and beyond.
16 Apr 2023
Germany’s future engagement in the Sahel region looks uncertain after the announcement of the planned withdrawal of its troops from Mali. Some observers fear that this military disengagement may interfere with other civilian development programs. What exactly will future ties between Mali and Germany look like after this withdrawal?