Mali: Assimi Goita puts an end to defense agreements with France…

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Africaguinee May 3, 2022 1:29 a.m.

He notably cited France's "unilateral attitude" during the suspension in June 2021 of joint operations between French and Malian forces, the announcement in February 2022, "again without any consultation of the Malian side", of the withdrawal of the Barkhane and Takuba forces, and the "multiple violations" of Malian airspace by French aircraft despite the establishment by the authorities of a no-fly zone over a large part of the territory.

The Malian authorities have decided to break the Status of Force Agreements, or Sofa, which set the legal framework for the presence in Mali of the French Barkhane and European Takuba forces, as well as the defense cooperation treaty.

concluded in 2014 between Mali and France.

This denunciation, carrying out a threat that has been agitated for weeks, constitutes a new manifestation of the deterioration of relations between the authorities dominated by the soldiers who came to power by force in August 2020 and the former allies of Mali in the fight against the jihadists.

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