The following report highlights major news developments in politics and security in Mali on 22 February. The report focuses on West African leaders reacting to Mali’s five-year transition decision and France calling UNSC meeting on Mali. On the security front, Chad said that it will boost its military presence within the MINUSMA. In the interior of the country, gunmen killed two police officers in Timbuktu, while the gendarmerie is helping restore security in the Mopti region. This report includes background information to add context where needed.