France has announced that it has resumed military operations in Mali barely a month after the withdrawal of soldiers from the West African country. France has about 5,100 troops operating in the Sahel Region, a situation which makes it impossible to sustain military withdrawal from Mali.
A communique from the French armed forces ministry on Friday stated that the country has “decided to resume joint military operations as well as national advisory missions, which had been suspended since June 3.”
The Ministry claimed that the decision was taken after a consultation with the current Malian transitional team and countries in the region. France had earlier suspended its military operations in Mali following two consecutive coups in less than a year.
The country’s President, Emmanuel Macron described the second power grab in which transitional president Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were detained by the soldiers, led by Assimi Goita as “coup d’etat in an unacceptable coup d’etat.”
In an earlier statement, France said it had “decided to suspend, as a precaution and temporarily, joint military operations with the Malian forces, as well as national advisory missions that benefit them.” The statement added that, “it is up to the Malian authorities to respond quickly” to the demands set by ECOWAS and the African.
Currently, the former colonist has about 5,100 troops operating in the Sahel region in a fight against jihadists. This operation extends to regional countries such as Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.