All non-governmental organizations that receive funding or support from France are no longer permitted to operate in Mali, according to the country’s military rulers. Included in the prohibition are humanitarian organizations.
The junta claimed in a statement that the action came after France decided to halt development assistance because to Bamako’s suspected employment of paramilitaries from the Russian Wagner force.
Colonel Abdoulaye Maga, the interim prime minister of Mali, refuted those accusations and claimed they were made to weaken the nation. The Russians, he claimed, were employed as instructors.
Mali’s foreign ministry described the French government as “dehumanising aid for our people” and said France was using the funds to “blackmail governments and support the terrorist groups in Mali”.
The ministry said it had in response decided to “ban with immediate all the operations undertaken in Mali by NGOs funded or technically supported by France, including humanitarian organisations”. French troops working with Mali to combat jihadist groups were withdrawn by Paris three months ago.