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Africa. The junta will expel the French ambassador to Mali

Malian authorities dominated by the military have decided to expel the French ambassador, in a new escalation of the estrangement between Bamako and Paris, announced on Monday the state television.

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“The Government of the Republic of Mali informs national and international opinion that today (…) the French Ambassador in Bamako, His Excellency Joël Meyer, was summoned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (and) that he has been notified of the decision of the government which invites him to leave the national territory within 72 hours, ”announced a press release read by state television.

Bamako highlights “hostile” statements by French officials

The Malian authorities have justified this decision by recent “hostile” statements by French officials against them.

This summons marks a new hardening of tensions between Mali and France, the former colonial power engaged militarily in Mali and the Sahel since 2013. Relations have continued to deteriorate since colonels took over by force in August 2020 the head of this country plunged since 2012 into a deep security and political crisis.

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