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ECOWAS Mediator welcomes progress made by Mali's Transitional Government

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Mediator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for Mali, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, says here Thursday he was "happy" to note the progress made by the transitional government of Mali, under the authority of Colonel Assimi Goita, an official source told PANA.

Mr. Jonathan, who was on a 48-hour visit to Mali, also said he was convinced that "very soon, the Malian people will realize the work done by the transition to reach this level of progress in its march.

The ECOWAS Mediator met on Friday with the President of the Transition, Colonel Goïta, saying at the end of the meeting that his mission was to follow up on everything that had been undertaken since the beginning to help Mali get out of the situation in which it found itself.

"We know that this is a crisis that affects not only Mali, but also the countries of the sub-region and East Africa," said Mr. Jonathan, who seized the opportunity to offer his condolences to the people and government of Mali, following the deadly terrorist attacks on 18-19 June in central Mali that caused the death of more than 132 civilians.

The meeting between the ECOWAS Mediator and Colonel Goita took place in the presence of several members of the government and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Mali, who is also the head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), El-Ghassim Wane.

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