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Czechia refuses to withdraw soldiers from Mali but fears grow about the EU’s training mission

In mid-August, rebellious Malian soldiers seized power in the country and installed a military junta

The Czech soldiers who are on a European Union training mission in Mali are safe, Magdalena Dvořáková, the head of the communication department of the Czech General Staff, said on Monday in response to political upheaval that is engulfing the country.

In mid-August, rebellious Malian soldiers seized power in the country after capturing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who resigned shortly afterward.

“Our soldiers are fine,” said Dvořáková, but it is not yet clear what the future of the mission will be.”It is an EU mission, so the EU must be the one to decide,” she added.

As for the deployment of foreign troops in Mali, German Chancellor Angela Merkel assured last Wednesday that the current situation in the country will not affect the peacekeeping mission.

 

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