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Denmark has announced a partial halt to aid to Mali

 DenmarkDenmark -Denmark’s development aid to Mali and Burkina Faso will be largely halted following the forced evacuation of Danish troops from the nation, according to the Foreign Ministry. Minister for Development Flemming Mller Mortensen made the decision.

In an interview with Jyllands-Posten last weekend, he stated, “We’re putting the whole idea on hold and doing a thorough evaluation.” “We will continue to fund humanitarian and civil society projects,” he stated, “but our collaboration with central ministries is on hold while we rethink it with the UN and the EU.” Rulers in Mali asked for the Danish soldiers who had just arrived in the country at the end of January to leave, saying that Bamako had not given them permission to be there.

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Denmark announced their return after two days of arm wrestling, denouncing the regime’s “dirty political game,” but the European anti-jihadist force in Takuba’s future is now in doubt. According to Copenhagen, the Danish decision comes after a coup in Burkina Faso last month. Mali is one of Denmark’s top development aid recipients, with the country allocating more than 0.7 percent of its GDP to overseas aid, one of the highest percentages in the world.

Between 2017 and 2022, €122 million was spent on Mali, primarily for decentralization and human rights, and numerous Danish and Scandinavian NGOs are operating in the African country. The minister did not specify how much of the money had been put on hold. Due to the Malian colonels’ ambitions to cling on to the power they won by force in August 2020 for several more years, Mali has been subject to heavy sanctions by the West African Economic States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) since January 9, 2019.