About: Mali

Global Europe 19-01-2022

Will France quit Mali? Crunch time nears as junta defies Paris

As relations between France and Mali sour rapidly, Paris is wondering whether it is time to stop providing military backup to a country run by a junta that has defied the international community.
EU-Africa 19-01-2022

Exempt humanitarian aid from Mali sanctions, NGOs urge

A group of NGOs has urged the EU and broader international community to exempt humanitarian aid from sanctions imposed on Mali’s military government, warning that 1.2 million Malians face a food crisis.
EU-Africa 13-01-2022

EU wants to continue its military missions in Mali, but ‘not at any cost’

The EU's role in an anti–jihadist defence and security mission in the Sahel region is under increasing threat as relations with the military government in Mali continue to decline over delayed elections and the presence of Russian mercenaries, EU officials conceded on Thursday.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

France urges EU sanctions against Mali

France is to press the European Union to agree sanctions against Mali after its military-dominated leadership shelved a timetable for elections, the French foreign minister said on Wednesday (12 January).
EU-Africa 12-01-2022

France, US, Algeria pile pressure on sanctions-hit Mali

Pressure on Mali's junta increased Tuesday as France and the United States underlined their support for the West African bloc ECOWAS, which has slapped sanctions on the country over delayed elections following two coups.
Global Europe 20-12-2021

Germany considers relocating soldiers in Mali mission

Germany would not rule out transferring its military mission in Mali to another country if the danger is too great, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said Sunday (19 December).
Global Europe 16-12-2021

EU suspends military training in Central Africa over Russian mercenaries

The European Union has suspended its training mission for soldiers in Central African Republic (CAR) because of fears it could get tied up in violations of international law by Russian mercenaries, the mission said on Wednesday (15 December).
Global Europe 10-12-2021

Renewing democracy is ‘defining challenge of our time,’ Biden tells summit

US President Joe Biden gathered over 100 world leaders at a summit and made a plea to bolster democracies around the world, calling safeguarding rights and freedoms in the face of rising authoritarianism the "defining challenge" of the current era.
Global Europe 16-11-2021

EU eyes more sanctions on Russian mercenaries Wagner

EU foreign ministers agreed Monday (15 November) to draw up more sanctions on shadowy Russian mercenary group Wagner over its involvement in a string of hotspots, the bloc's foreign policy chief said.
Global Europe 27-09-2021

Lavrov says Mali asked private Russian military company for help

Mali has asked a private Russian military company to help it fight against insurgents, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday (25 September) at the United Nations.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

EU foreign policy chief warns Mali against Russian mercenary deal

European Union ties with Mali could be seriously affected if it allows Russian private military contractors to operate in the country, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned on Monday (20 September).

Germany, France warn Mali over Russian mercenary deal

Germany warned Mali on Wednesday (15 September) that a deal with Russian private security group Wagner would "call into question" its deployment in the West African country as part of United Nations and European Union missions.
Global Europe 14-09-2021

Deal allowing Russian mercenaries into Mali is close – sources

A deal is close that would allow Russian mercenaries into Mali, extending Russian influence over security affairs in West Africa and triggering opposition from former colonial power France, seven diplomatic and security sources said.
Global Europe 09-07-2021

Macron to reassure African leaders on commitment to fighting terror

President Emmanuel Macron will seek to reassure Sahel leaders of his commitment to Africa's anti-terror fight on Friday (9 July), at their first talks since he announced a reduction of French troops in West Africa.
Global Europe 31-05-2021

France threatens to pull troops out of Mali

President Emmanuel Macron warned in comments published Sunday (30 May) that France will pull its troops out of Mali if it lurches towards radical Islamism following the second coup in nine months.
Global Europe 27-05-2021

Mali president, PM resign after arrest by military junta

Mali's interim president and prime minister resigned on Wednesday (26 May), a top junta aide said, two days after they were detained and stripped of their powers in what appeared to amount to the country's second coup in nine months.
EU-Africa 25-05-2021

EU condemns ‘kidnapping’ of Mali president

Malian officers upset with a government reshuffle have detained the president and prime minister at an army camp outside the capital, triggering broad international condemnation and demands for their immediate release. European Union leaders on Tuesday (24 May) condemned the...

US to push troop synchronisation between Europe and Africa commands

Moving troops between Africa and Europe more efficiently during a crisis is expected to be streamlined and allow better synchronisation between European NATO allies and Africa, US generals said on Tuesday (23 February).

EU freezes Mali training missions after military coup, denies responsibility

The EU has suspended training in Mali after the military coup this month that removed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from power, officials said on Wednesday (26 August), while Germany acknowledged that some perpetrators had been trained in Europe.
EU-Africa 18-08-2020

Mali’s President detained as EU condemns attempted coup

Mali’s president and prime minister were detained by military forces on Tuesday night (18 August) in what the EU described as an attempted coup d’etat.
Global Europe 11-05-2020

Coronavirus or not, African migrants push on toward Europe

Many Africans are managing to evade coronavirus lockdown barriers in Niger, the Sahel's migrant crossroads, as they press on with their perilous desert trek to the Mediterranean Sea and ultimately Europe.
EU-Africa 13-01-2020

Macron, Sahel leaders meet to boost anti-jihadist campaign

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (13 January) host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France's military role is being questioned.
EU-Africa 17-12-2019

France, UK say they look beyond Brexit in Mali cooperation

Sharing the cockpit of a helicopter on sizzling tarmac, French and British air force chiefs vowed to pursue the joint fight against jihadists in the heart of the Sahel even as the shadow of Brexit looms over their countries.
Global Europe 26-06-2019

20,000 migrants rescued from Sahara in three years: IOM

Nearly 20,000 migrants have been rescued from the Sahara desert in Niger over the past three years, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday (25 June).