Mali’s government have given the Ambassador of France three days to depart the shores of their nation.

This was made known through the nation’s authorities in a press release.

The French ambassador to Bamako was summoned and notified of a decision by the government inviting him to leave the national territory within 72 hours following hostile and outrageous comments by the French foreign affairs minister recently.

The story which broke few hours ago, was supposedly as a result of derogatory comments made by French authorities concerning the West African nation’s junta.

Prior to the announcement, the French foreign minister had described Mali’s current military government as ‘out of control’, adding to a list of other comments made by other French government officials against the national authorities of Mali.

The Ministry also acknowledged the decision made by Mali, and will now withdraw its Ambassador.

“France takes note of the transitional authorities’ decision to bring to an end the mission of France’s Ambassador to Mali. In reaction, France has decided to recall its ambassador,” a brief statement read.

With the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian being put under scrutiny, there could be a potential departure of the deployed French-led anti-terrorism force from Mali. The comments made have also been seen by the junta as a contrary move to develop friendly relations between both nations.

Defense Minister of France, Florence Parly, also hinted that France will look to honour the decision, saying that they were not ‘prepared to pay an unlimited price to remain in Mali.’ She also stated that the other fifteen European countries part of the anti-terrorism operations in the Sahel region will likely stay on to maintain the mission.

Earlier, Mali had warned Denmark to withdraw over a hundred military men part of the mission, stating that their presence was ‘illegal’, despite indications from Copenhagen showing otherwise.

The 72 hours ultimatum could potentially spark a series of dissociation between both countries, with tensions rising from the decision made by Mali’s government.

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