The Commander, United States of Africa’s Command in Stuttgart, Germany, Gen. Carter Ham, on Friday said the embattled military government in Mali did not request the assistance of the US to tackle the militias in the West African country.
Ham, during an interview with the Nigerian Media Delegation to AFRICOM, Stuttgart, said the Malian government requested France to help it in warding off the marauding militants.
The commander was reacting to questions on why the US government did not have its troops in Mali despite being aware of the threats posed by the invaders to regional and continental peace.
Ham, who attended the interview with his civilian deputy, explained that since the Malian government did not request the assistance of the US, it would not be appropriate for the American government to directly deploy troops in Mali.
He said, “The point is that Mali did not request the assistance or help of the US government; it asked for help from France. We cannot force ourselves to send troops to Mali. It is an expensive exercise. And France asked for the help of the US.”