France has condemned what it describes as "obviously unfounded accusations" made by Malian foreign minister Abdelaye Diop, in a letter sent to the United Nations Security Council.
Mali accused its former colonizer of supplying ‘weapons’ and collecting ‘intelligence for the benefit of terrorist groups’ operating in the West African country.
French foreign ministry said France's military withdrawal from Mali was ‘carried out in complete transparency with the Malian armed forces.’
‘We condemn… the manipulation of information which must in no way divert attention from the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the country where the people are the primary victims,’ it said.
‘France will relentlessly pursue the fight against terrorism in the Sahel and West Africa.’
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