Foreign troops cannot stay in Mali anymore – Prime Minister

Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga of Mali on Friday said the country would no longer allow foreign forces to remain in the country without predetermined conditions.

Maiga told the Anadolu news agency that “we can no longer allow foreign forces to enter our territory without predetermined conditions.

“We can no longer leave room for maneuver which can lead to states retreating from agreements with our country and going to fulfill the programme that they announced at the national level to their society and the international community.”

The prime minister listed the foreign forces remaining in Mali as the French Barkhane Operation, the UN peacekeeping forces, EU training mission in Mali, the G5 Sahel Mission and European Takuba Task Force.

“Despite all these combined forces, the security situation is deteriorating from year to year,” the Malian prime minister told the news agency.

An armed conflict between government forces and militants of separatist movements began in Mali in 2012.

The situation deteriorated after Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, was ousted.

The peacekeeping UN mission that has been deployed to Mali is regularly attacked by militants. (Sputnik/NAN)

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