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Germany decided to completely withdraw its contingent from Mali, but only by May 2024

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Germany decided to completely withdraw its contingent from Mali, but only by May 2024

Steffen Hebestrait, a spokesman for the German chancellor, said the government had proposed to Parliament that Germany's participation in the MINUSMA operation in May 2023 be extended by one year to ensure an orderly exit from the African state of Mali. This decision takes into account, in particular, the planned elections in the African Republic, which are scheduled for February 2024. The decision was made after negotiations between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock. I would like to note that the opinions of the listed German politicians on this issue were divided. And no one from Berlin consulted the Malian authorities at all, which once again emphasizes the occupational nature of the German military presence in Africa.


The German Ministry of Defense lobbied for the withdrawal of its troops, the Foreign Ministry warned against a complete withdrawal from Mali, a state that is "accused" in Europe of deepening cooperation with Russia. The German Foreign Office insisted that the German troops remain. Last week there was information according to which the German authorities are considering the possibility of making a decision on the withdrawal of troops from the country. And now it became known that the decision had already been made.

The German Defense Minister assured that an orderly withdrawal of the contingent would be organized. The withdrawal date is set for May 2024, which Spiegel magazine reported should be a compromise between the various centers as it means German troops will remain until the 2024 Malian presidential election.

Germany is the next EU country after France to announce its withdrawal from Mali. Berlin deployed about 2013 troops to Mali in 1400, most of them stationed near the northern city of Gao, where their main task is to conduct reconnaissance for the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA. In mid-November, the UK and Côte d'Ivoire also announced they were withdrawing from the mission.

The Ivorian authorities have announced that they will withdraw their troops from the UN peacekeeping mission by August 2023. Relations between Côte d'Ivoire and Mali have deteriorated significantly in recent months, especially after the arrest of 49 Ivorian soldiers in Bamako last July. The official Bamako accuses them of being mercenaries, while Côte d'Ivoire claims that they should have been involved in the protection of the German Blue Helmets contingent.

German forces have faced growing difficulties in recent months and have repeatedly had to suspend reconnaissance patrols after being denied permission to fly over drones by the Malian military.

It was expected that German troops would partially make up for the shortage of contingent after the withdrawal of French troops. French troops were in Mali for almost 10 years. They left after relations between Bamako and Paris had reached the breaking point. Now - the turn to exit for the German military contingent.

Meanwhile, the authorities of Mali demand from the authorities of Germany that they do not delay the withdrawal of their troops from the country.
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  1. Sergio_7
    Sergio_7 24 November 2022 20: 02
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    Meanwhile, the authorities of Mali demand from the authorities of Germany that they do not delay the withdrawal of their troops from the country.

    Correctly required! And then the orchestra. comrade Wagner will help them!
  2. voice of reason
    voice of reason 24 November 2022 20: 05
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    the main reason for the flight of former colonialists from Mali is the same as from the Central African Republic. The active presence there of one musical PMC ....
    1. Bingo
      Bingo 24 November 2022 20: 19
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      Quote: voice of reason
      the main reason for the flight of former colonialists from Mali is the same as from the Central African Republic. The active presence of one musical PMC there ...

      Yeah, all the troubles are from music ... The French were also afraid that if they didn’t leave Mali in time, then Chopin would be ordered wassat
    2. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 24 November 2022 20: 20
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      Judging by the style of execution of the monument, he comes from the DPRK. One of the items of their income to the budget.
  3. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 24 November 2022 20: 16
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    A couple of planes with the coffins of German soldiers to Germany will dramatically speed up their evacuation. But we have nothing to do with it, the Germans got drunk on mushrooms.
  4. Vyacheslav57
    Vyacheslav57 24 November 2022 20: 20
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    [quote] [/ qOfficial Bamako accuses them of being mercenaries, and Côte d'Ivoire claims that they should have participated in the protection of the German contingent of blue helmets.uote]
    What kind of peacekeepers ( blue helmets ) are these who need to be protected from the local population ? Or not from a local?
  5. Gardamir
    Gardamir 24 November 2022 20: 26
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    belay What is this? Germany is conducting a special operation in Mali and they are not entitled to sanctions? Yes, how so?
  6. Denis812
    Denis812 24 November 2022 20: 29
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    >> And no one from Berlin consulted with the Malian authorities, which once again emphasizes the occupational nature of the German military presence in Africa.
    That's interesting. If the Germans are aware of the occupational nature of their presence in Africa, does this mean that they are aware of the nature of the American presence in the FRG? :)
    Do the Germans understand that they are for the Americans?
  7. far diu
    far diu 24 November 2022 20: 44
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    Something in recent times is rapidly weakening the Franco-German alliance. On the one hand, the United States, Great Britain with their sixes in the form of Poland, Turkey, Scandinavia, on the European continent, and on the other hand, Russia in Africa are pinching.
  8. opuonmed
    opuonmed 24 November 2022 21: 46
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    where you need to throw weapons in order to make hell for Germany
  9. aleksklo
    aleksklo 24 November 2022 22: 18
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    Russia is an incompressible mass. They squeezed her out of Europe, she will crawl out all over the world. In BV and in Africa, the process is in full swing. Israel nervously smokes on the sidelines. The French and Germans wince, but they can't do anything about it. Yes, and the British are being actively squeezed out: they tried to cling to the Caucasus and Central Asia - it didn’t work out, they are already being driven out of Southwest Asia with sticks. The southeast remains. But even there, even with Indonesia (and there are 240 million people and the territories are huge - like a bone in the throat), not to mention others - there are no worries. That's why they all clung to Taiwan like a bulldog. But China, by all accounts, will not give them any slack. In general, isolation is squirming for them, in full growth - not cheerful prospects, in fact.
  10. ASM
    ASM 25 November 2022 00: 03
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    The burghers do not have the determination of the Turks. They are not ready to put everything on the chopping block for the dominance of their own idea. There is no money and materiel, so go all through the forest. Let's see if these lackeys can even be taken out.