Foreign Minister of Mali: French forces no longer have any legal basis to work for us

Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop said France no longer has any legal basis to operate in Mali, noting that after Bamako withdrew from the defense agreements with France and the agreements relating to the status of the Barkhane and Takoba forces, and as of May 2, the agreements signed in 2013 and 2020.

Diop made it clear in an interview on state television Wednesday evening that Mali’s withdrawal from the Defense Cooperation Treaty does not allow France to carry out any military operations in the country.

The finance minister criticized France’s decision in June 2021 to stop joint operations with the Malian army in following the takeover of the army in May 2021 and said: “This decision that Mali has learned from the press is not normal when we have an agreement, they are things that are discussed”.