Following a meeting with African leaders in Brussels, Belgium, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the withdrawal of French troops from Mali.
Macron said in Brussels on Thursday that the EU and France no longer have the same interests as the Malian administration.
He also paid tribute to the soldiers who perished fighting the terrorists in Mali. It is estimated that 48 French soldiers were killed.
France has just over 4,000 troops in the Sahel, most of whom are stationed in Mali.
The majority of them would be redeployed to other countries in the Sahel, where the EU and its African forces are fighting al-Qaeda and Daesh militants, according to Macron.
Macron says most of them will now be redeployed to other countries in the Sahel, where the EU and its African fighters are fighting al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorists.
Senegalese President Macky Sall, who also chairs the African Union, expressed his gratitude to the EU and accepted the EU’s withdrawal from Mali.
Nana Akufo-Addo, representing ECOWAS, said Africa must continue to fight terrorism. He added that Africa “cannot allow terrorists to stay in Africa after being driven out of the Middle East and Afghanistan”.