The following report highlights major news developments in politics and security in Mali on 17 February. This report focuses on France’s decision to end its military operations in Mali, political party calling other parties to soften rhetoric, Ivoirian president reacting to the situation in Mali, an article questioning the future of Malians employed by the departing French forces, and Foreign Affairs minister granting audiences to ECOWAS envoys. On the security front, the army urges civilians to stay away from Jihadists and an article sees withdrawal of French troops fragilizing the UN Missions. This report includes background information to add context where needed.

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