Mali’s junta bans the actions of non-governmental organizations funded by France

Mali’s junta on Monday introduced a ban on the actions of non-governmental organizations funded or supported by France, together with humanitarian teams, amid a worsening row between Paris and Bamako.

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The West African nation’s interim prime minister, Col. Abdoulaye Maiga, justified the transfer in a press release on social media, calling it a response to France’s latest suspension of improvement support to Mali.

The French international ministry stated final week it had made the choice, which got here three months after finishing its withdrawal of anti-jihadist forces from the nation, over Bamako’s alleged use of paramilitaries from the Russian Wagner group.

Bamako denies this and solely acknowledges the help of Russian army “instructors”.

Maiga spoke in his assertion of “fanciful accusations” and “underflight intended to deceive and manipulate national and international public opinion with the aim of destabilizing and isolating Mali”.

“As a result, the transitional government has decided to ban, with immediate effect, all activities carried out by non-governmental organizations operating in Mali with funding or material or technical support from France, including in the humanitarian field,” it stated.

Final week, a Overseas Ministry supply stated France would preserve its humanitarian support in addition to funding for “civil society organizations” in Mali.

(AFP)

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