Panafrican News Agency

ECOWAS chairperson says Mali 'on the right track'

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Sunday welcomed the political progress in Mali saying the country is "on the right track".

Speaking in Bamako after having lunch with the President of the Malian Transition, Colonel Major (Rtd) Bah N'Daw, he said: "I can say that the Transition is well on its way." 

President Akufo-Addo, who paid a one-day visit to Mali following ECOWAS leaders lifting sanctions against the country on 5 October, said he had come to reiterate his "readiness to help Mali in its recovery efforts".

The ECOWAS chairman and President of the Malian Transition also had about one hour of talks to discuss the main priorities of the transition and their visions for a rapid end to the crisis.

Nana Addo Akufo promised that the sub-regional organisation would do everything possible to ensure the success of the transition.

ECOWAS slapped sanctions, including the closure of the borders of member states to Mali, suspension of financial and commercial transactions, following a coup by the military on 18 August.

The sanctions were lifted after the military junta appointed a civilian president and Prime Minister for a transitional period of 18 months as well as a government.

-0- PANA GT/JSG/BBA/MA 12Oct2020