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Ivory Coast’s Ouattara says French-led withdrawal from Mali ‘creates a void’
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Ivory Coast’s Ouattara says French-led withdrawal from Mali ‘creates a void’

Issued on: 17/02/2022 – 10:42

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Marc Perelman

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Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara granted an exclusive interview to FRANCE 24 and RFI ahead of an EU-African Union summit in Brussels. He criticised the planned departure of French and European troops from Mali, saying it “creates a void”. Ouattara added that it was the responsibility of domestic African armies to “solve problems in their own countries. That’s our approach and we’ll make sure that that happens […] even it means that we have to spend 2, 3, 4 percent of GDP on military expenditures”.

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