Germany on Sunday suggested it is doubtful it will maintain its troops in Mali, as tension grows between the military rulers there and international partners.
Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said she had the impression that German soldiers were no longer welcome in Mali where they’ve been helping in the fight against jihadists.
Germany has around 1,200 soldiers there as part of a 9-year-old international counter-terrorism and peacekeeping mission.
The military government’s failure to organise an election following two military coups and the arrival of private military contractors of the Russian Wagner Group coups escalated tensions between Bamako and its partners.
This row may drastically change the overall response to the jihadist threat in the Sahel region.
Last Monday, Mali issued a 72-hours ultimatum to French Ambassador to leave the country after what it called “hostile and outrageous” comments by former colonial power France about its transitional government.