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German Bundeswehr to continue UN mission in Mali

12 May 2022, 04:44 GMT+10

BERLIN, May 11 (Xinhua) -- The German armed forces (Bundeswehr) will continue to support the United Nations (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the German government said on Wednesday.

According to its statement, the Bundeswehr's participation in the mission that started back in 2013 would be extended until the end of May 2023. The lower house of the country's Parliament (Bundestag) still has to give its approval.

The deployment of German soldiers would depend on the political developments in Mali, the consequences of France's decision to withdraw its forces from the African country, and "additional force requirements" on the eastern flank of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the statement said.

To compensate for the capacities previously provided by France, the number of Bundeswehr soldiers that could be deployed in the UN mission has been increased by 300 to 1,400, according to the German government.

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