According to the Malian Foreign Minister, Abdoulaye Diop, France provided information and supplied military equipment to some terrorist groups active in the north of the country, accusations that Paris rejected in August.
The African country’s authorities claim to have evidence of support and all the well-documented cases for the complaint, said the interim Prime Minister, Abdoulaye Maiga.
Since the beginning of 2022, the Malian Armed Forces have recorded more than 50 cases of violation of Malian airspace by foreign aircraft, in particular operated by French forces, in different forms, reported the Mali Actu news portal.
This new conflict between the African country and its former metropolis followed the recent departure of all French troops from Mali, amid disagreements with the ruling military junta.
Bamako accused Paris of organizing a coup d’état and arming Islamists to secure control of the country.
The deterioration of relations between the two countries is also linked to the Sahelian security proposal, a sub-region where other French-speaking states such as Burkina Faso and Niger, the latter a major supplier of uranium, are located.