Panafrican News Agency

ECOWAS, US and Algeria welcome efforts by the junta for transition in Mali

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Sanctions taken by the Economic Community of West African States against Mali will soon to be lifted, the Community's Permanent Representative in the country has announced, noting the progress made by the junta in the establishment of the Transition, designation of a president and the appointment of a prime minister, PANA learned from an official source.

ECOWAS Representative Hamidou Boly was speaking at the end of a meeting with the President of the Transition, Bah N'Daw. He underlined that the lifting of the sanctions imposed on Mali by ECOWAS awaits only a few details to be settled.

Professor Boly had gone to Koulouba (presidential palace) to deliver to the President of the Transition a letter from the mediator, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan about these details.

On the same day, the President of the Transition also received the United States Special Envoy for the Sahel region, Dr J. Peter Pham, and the Algerian ambassador to Mali who all praised the efforts made in Mali in the establishment of a Transition, after the coup d'état against the former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita by a military junta on August 18.

Dr Pham, who arrived in Bamako on Wednesday for a four-day visit to Mali, signaled his country's support for Mali, welcoming the choice of a civilian president and prime minister to lead the Transition.

"This is a first step towards a return to constitutional order," he said.

-0- PANA GT / IS/KND/AR 2Oct2020