Bundeswehr withdrawal: from Mali to Niger – politics

The German soldiers are to leave Mali by 2024. And then? The UN mission there is threatened by the withdrawal. But Foreign Minister Baerbock says that Germany wants to continue to be involved in the Sahel zone – just next door.


Paul Anton Krueger, Berlin

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) has announced that Germany will expand its engagement in the Sahel, despite the decision to withdraw the Bundeswehr from the UN Minusma stabilization mission in Mali by mid-2024. The federal government has decided that “we will reorganize our commitment in this crisis-ridden region, together with our international partners,” she said on Wednesday during the budget debate in the Bundestag.

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