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    France cancels Mali's debt of $71 mln

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    Babatunde Akinsola
    Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

    French President Francois Hollande welcomes President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at the Elysee Palace before attending a solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of ParisFrench Finance Minister Michel Sapin announced on Thursday that Paris had cancelled 43 billion CFA francs ($71 million) worth of debt owed by Mali.

    “France wishes to support Mali more to cope with a debt that is an old debt and sometimes difficult to manage,” Sapin said following a meeting with Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

    Sapin gave no further details of the agreement and it was not immediately clear what portion of Mali’s overall debt to France the amount represented.

    The West African nation is emerging from a 2012 crisis that saw soldiers, angered by the government’s handling of a northern Tuareg separatist uprising, stage a coup that then allowed al Qaeda-linked groups to seize the desert north.

    A French-led military intervention pushed back the Islamists a year later, but the remnants of the groups continue to carry out regular attacks, mainly in the north.



    Source: Reuters

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