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This is a key step of French military disengagement at Sahel . The anti-jihadist force Barkhane began on Tuesday morning the final phase of the transfer of Kidal's base, in northern Mali, towards the United Nations force (UNMUSMA) and the Malian army, said the state. -Major French. "The last logical convoy has gone for Gao this morning at 5:00. A Detachment from Barkhane will remain on site for the last administrative and logistical formalities, "said Staff Spokesman, Colonel Pascal Ianni.

Paris undertook in June to reorganize its military system in the Sahel, leaving, in particular, the most northern basis of Mali (Kidal, Timbuktu and Tessalit) and planning to reduce its workforce in the region by 2023 to 2,500 -3,000 men, against more than 5,000 today. "The transfer to MINUSMA and the Malian Armed Forces will be final by ten days," added the spokesperson by emphasizing "close collaboration with the authorities and the army" of Mali.

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The relations between Paris and Bamako resulted in September 25, when the Prime Minister of Malian transition, Choguel Kokalla Maïga, accused France, engaged militarily in Mali since 2013, of "abandonment in full flight" . Critics supposed to justify the possible recourse to the Russian Private Security Group Wagner, describes as close to President Vladimir Putin, to offset the reduction of the Barkhane wing.

The Detachment of Barkhane, which remains in Kidal, whose numbers have not been revealed "for reasons of safety", will have to make "reinsurance" with the partners of France, said the spokesman. insisting on a "controlled, mastered, secure" process. "There is no question of letting say that Mali is abandoned," he insisted. The Minusma has in Kidal 1,300 soldiers, Guineans and Chadians. Malian forces bring together it for them 400, said the same source.

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After almost nine years of brutal conflict, Mali's rulers are set to pursue talks with jihadists, ignoring fierce opposition from former colonial power France. Since first emerging in the north in 2012, the Islamist insurgency has swept into central Mali and spilled over into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger. Insecurity remains rampant and violence appears to be spreading, despite the presence of French and UN troops. Engaging the IslamistsSince first emerging in the north in 2012, the Islamist insurgency has swept into central Mali and spilled over into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

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