The European missions in Mali created as part of the common security and defense policy of the European Union were suspended after the coup, as announced on Tuesday by a spokesman for the community bloc.
According to European sources announced to the aBamako news portal, the EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM) and the EUCAP Sahel Mali Mission, whose aim is to help achieve lasting peace in the country, have been suspended.
“As the political situation became complicated after the military coup in Mali, we decided to suspend all operational activities of our two missions,” said the diplomat.
EUTM Mali was founded in 2013 at the request of Bamako and is part of the comprehensive EU plan for the security and development of the Sahel. The mandate of these missions is to “assist the legitimate authorities in developing the security forces,” which is complicated when “the armed forces are partially involved in an EU-condemned coup,” he said. .