Mali—The Malian leadership has barred a military plane from Germany with 75 soldiers onboard from hovering over the country’s space late Thursday.
A move that saw the plane from Europe change route to Gran Canaria according to the German defense ministry.
International reports revealed that the military aircraft was on its way from a German airbase to a logistics hub in Niamey in Niger when it was told it could not enter Mali’s airspace.
1,200 troops from Germany are currently deployed in Mali, and the European giant nation has to decide by the end of May whether to extend the military mission, which is supplied via the logistics base.
Berlin has voiced concern over the latest developments in Mali that have led to Berlin raising concerns after the arrival of private military contractors of the Russian Wagner Group and the interim authorities’ failure to hold democratic elections next month as agreed following a 2020 military coup d’état.
“When we are told that the elections are being postponed for five years, things are clearly not moving in the right direction,” German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said last week, Insisting that she expected democratic progress and a solution to the Wagner Group.
The development has also seen the European Union say it will impose barricades on Mali in line with measures already taken by the ECOWAS grouping of West African states.