The United States says it will stop its security assistance to Mali after the latest political developments that saw the departure of two civilian leaders. The US State Department said in a statement that “we are now suspending all security assistance benefiting Mali’s security and defense forces that we had previously continued in accordance with available authorities.”
“The United States will also consider specific measures against political and military leaders that impede the civilian-led transition to democratic governance,” he added. However, the United States said it will continue to support the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) and the African Union to resolve the current crisis.
It further stated that a democratic civilian-led government presented the best opportunity to achieve security and prosperity in Mali and in the Sahel region in general. The US reaction comes as a result of a jihadist insurgency in the Sahel countries that threatens to spread to the rest of West Africa. Mali’s military forces appear to be more focused on the country’s politics, rather than addressing the volatile security situation.