Mali announces withdrawal from G5 Sahel regional organization

Mali isolates himself a little more. On Sunday, May 15, Bamako announced the withdrawal of the G5 Sahel and its anti-jihadi military force in protest of the refusal of the head of the regional organization, which was formed in conjunction with Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger. “Malian government decides to remove all organs and bodies of G5 Sahel, including the Joint Forces”, Says its press release. The G5 Sahel was formed in 2014 and launched its anti-jihadi force in 2017.

Since January 9, Mali has been subject to economic and diplomatic sanctions by West African nations, accusing it of wanting to remain in power for several more years after two coups in August 2020 and May 2021.

This new decision has since been made Announcement of the end of the 2014 cooperation agreement with France by the military regime in early MayAs well as the 2013 and 2020 agreements set the legal framework for the existence of the group of European special forces launched by the anti-jihadi forces of Bargane and France.

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G5 In the face of Bamako’s anger against Sahel: The conference of state leaders of the organization, originally scheduled for February in Bamako. “Dedicate the beginning of G5’s presidency of Mali”. But “Almost a quarter after the specified period”, This meeting “Still not standing”Mali officials’ press release states.

Government of Mali “G5 vehemently rejects the argument of the G5 Sahel member states that they are advancing the national internal political situation in opposition to the training of the incumbent Mali Sahel.”Not to mention this state. “Opposition from some G5 Sahel countries to Mali’s presidency has been linked to maneuvers by an additional regional government aimed solely at isolating Mali.”The press release continues without mentioning the name of this state.

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Relations between Mali and European countries, beginning in France, have deteriorated significantly in recent months. France and its allies have accused the military junta of protecting the services of Wagner, Russia’s private security firm, with controversial measures.

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Concern of the United Nations

Bilateral relations with G5 Sahel countries “Maintenance”Colonel Abdulla Mika, Mali’s regional administration minister, told Malian public television on Sunday evening.

The five nations of the G5 Sahel formed the organization in 2014 and then launched its military force in 2017, while the jihadi rope was tightened around these states with insufficient armies. The G5 Sahel has about 5,000 players. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently assessed in a report submitted to the Security Council on May 11 that the coups in Mali and Burkina Faso undermine its effectiveness.

“I am deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Sahel and the uncertain political situation in Mali, Burkina Faso and beyond.That is what he said in this document.

Mali has been the scene since 2012 of the activities of jihadist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and all forms of violence perpetrated by defensive fighters and bandits.

The violence, which began in the north in 2012, has spread to the center and then to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger. Despite the deployment of UN, French and African forces, they caused thousands of civilian and military casualties and hundreds of thousands of displaced persons.

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