France’s defense minister, Florence Parly, responded to Malian Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga on Monday, rejecting the African leader’s “unacceptable” claims that Paris is abandoning the Sahel region by withdrawing troops.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Maiga accused France of abandoning Mali by ending Operation Barkhane “before a fait accompli,” as France prepares to end the military campaign early next year. (RT)