The following report highlights major news developments in politics and security in Mali on 2-3 February. This report focuses on reactions of political parties to the Mali-France diplomatic tensions, an editorial saying that times are poorly changing for France in Africa, and the reaction of Malian Minister of Economy to the regional body’s economic sanctions. On the security front, armed groups and the junta signed a deal in Rome. The European ambassador alerted that armed groups are approaching the capital, the prime minister promised to free 80 percent of the country. Finally the report offers an explanation on why Mali asked Danish troops to leave.