Will the Bundeswehr leave Mali?

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Possible end for the Bundeswehr mission in Mali. © Michael Kappeler / dpa

The chairwoman of the Defense Committee in the Bundestag, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, wants to discuss a possible end to the Bundeswehr mission in Mali “with an open mind”.

Berlin – “It is good that the Foreign Minister is examining this mission and not simply extending it uncritically,” said the FPD politician to the editorial network Germany (RND, Friday). Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) recently questioned the Bundeswehr’s deployment in Mali because of increasing tensions with the military junta in the country. The mission is not an end in itself, she said.

Strack-Zimmermann sees it similarly: “We were finally asked for support there. Ultimately, however, it is also about the safety of our soldiers. In this respect, we will deal with the assignment with an open mind.” Her deputy on the committee, the CDU politician Henning Otte, would also like an open debate on the deployment in the West African country. “But a withdrawal from Mali would jeopardize what has been achieved, create a vacuum for Islamist terror and also arouse Russian desires,” he told RND. (dpa)


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