France may pull out its troops from Mali, France’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Jean-Yves Ledrian has said following a virtual conference with France’s European peers on Monday
While fighting Islamist terrorists in Western Africa, the leaders debated their countries’ destiny.
Increased tensions between the French and Malian governments prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to ask for “major modifications” in his country’s military presence.
Although Le Drian determined that the criteria for French military to continue fighting in Mali was no longer met, he vowed that France would stand alongside other Sahelian nations.
With military operation Barkhane and as part of the Takuba international task force, France is present in the Sahel region.
On Wednesday, leaders from the Sahel and France will meet to discuss a new strategy in greater depth.
Only three of the five Sahelian presidents will be present, in contrast to their in-person summit in 2020. The summit will be attended by leaders from Nigeria, Mauritius, and Chad.