German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has indicated that her country may end its military support to Mali if the country does not provide for the security needs of its troops.
This is a warning to Malian transitional authorities. The head of German diplomacy, Annalena Baerbock, addressed authorities in Bamako directly to raise the question of her country’s involvement in Mali.
“We are aware of our responsibility, so we will not simply withdraw at the first sign of trouble. But we are telling our Malian partners unequivocally what we expect from the security of our soldiers. If this does not work, it will be difficult to stay,” she said.
Germany is one of the largest contributors to MINUSMA. Present in the country since 2013, the soldiers of the Bundeswehr are nearly a thousand.