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Senegalese Cheikh Tidiane Gadio appointed Francophie's special envoy on Malian crisis

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The former Senegalese Foreign Minister, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, was Wednesday appointed by the Secretary-General of La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, special envoy to monitor the situation in Mali, a statement issued by the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) obtained by PANA here said.

"This designation is part of the resolution adopted on August 25 by the 111th extraordinary session of the Permanent Council of La Francophonie (CPF) to support the process of restoring democratic institutions in Mali and help find lasting and credible solutions to end the crisis taking into consideration the expectations of Malian citizens," the OIF said.

“Gadio will be responsible for supporting the Secretary-General of La Francophonie in accompanying the civil transition process".

According to the statement, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, accompanied by Mrs Nadia El Yousfi, Member of the Brussels Parliament and the Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, member of the Bureau of the Parliamentary Affairs Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (APF), and Mr Moha Ouali Tagma, Ambassador of Morocco to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS in Abuja, will lead a high-level mission to Bamako in the coming days.

A distinguished diplomat, Gadio is currently vice-president of the Senegalese National Assembly since October 2019.

Since the putsch of 18 August last in Mali, the OIF has suspended Mali from all its bodies following in the footsteps of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which imposed sanctions on this country.

These include the closure of the borders of member countries with Mali, the suspension of commercial and financial transactions with Mali until the establishment of civil power.


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