France has suspended its joint military operations with Mali forces on Thursday over the second coup that led to the resignation of interim President, Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane last week.
It is the second coup the West African nation has seen in just nine months.
“Requirements and red lines have been set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union to clarify the framework for the political transition in Mali,” the statement said.
“While awaiting these guarantees, France has decided to suspend, as a temporary measure, joint military operations with Malian forces,” the French Defense Ministry said.
The decision, taken after consultation with Mali’s authorities and military, would be reassessed in the coming days the Defense Ministry added.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional and the African Union suspended Mali’s membership from their organisations and threatened sanctions.
On Sunday, French President, Emmanuel Macron, had threatened to pull its troops out of Mali if the political instability there continued and led to an increase in Islamist violence.
According to France’s armed forces ministry, all national advisory missions that benefit Mali have also been suspended.
France, Mali’s former colonial power has about 5,100 soldiers in the region under its Operation Barkhane that began in 2013.