|Egyptian president opposes French war in Mali||
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has come out against the French-led war in Mali, saying he was opposed to the war out of fear it would sow seeds of unrest in the region.
Speaking at the opening session of an Arab economic summit in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Monday, Morsi said he had hoped for a more “peaceful and developmental” approach to the crisis in Mali, France 24 reported.
“We do not accept at all the military intervention in Mali because it will fuel conflict in the region,” he added.
On January 11, France launched a war under the pretext of halting the advance of the fighters who control the north of Mali. The United States, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Germany, and Denmark have said that they would support the French war in Mali.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has also pledged to support the French war by sending 5,800 soldiers to Mali.
On Monday, dozens of Kuwaiti protesters held a demonstration outside the French embassy in Kuwait City to protest against the French war in Mali.
They urged Persian Gulf leaders not to support the French offensive.
Chaos broke out in Mali after President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government's inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country, which had been going on for two months.
However, in the wake of the coup d’état, the Tuareg fighters took control of the entire northern desert region, but the Ansar Dine fighters then pushed them aside and took control of the region.
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