France says military operation Barkhane will continue in Mali

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French Defense Minister Florence Parly speaks to reporters as she visits the devastated site of the massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2020. REUTERS / Thaier Al-Sudani

PARIS (Reuters) – France will continue its military operations in Mali against Islamic fighters despite the ousting of the country’s president two days ago by a coup, the French armed forces minister said on Thursday.

“Operation Barkhane, requested by the Malian population and authorized by the UN Security Council, continues,” said Florence Parly on Twitter.

Reporting by Tangi Salaun; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Edited by Alison Williams

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