Leader of Mali’s military council asks for end to ECOWAS economic sanctions

Leader of Mali's military council asks for end to ECOWAS economic sanctions

Bamako (UNA-OIC) – Head of the ruling military council in Mali Colonel Assimi Goïta called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift the sanctions imposed on his country after last month’s coup that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

While addressing the nation during a ceremony to mark 60 years of Malian independence on September 22, Goïta said the recent nomination of a civilian as interim president meant West African leaders must end their trade embargo.

“The international community is watching us. Which is why we accepted the ECOWAS principles and appointed a civilian president. In the coming days, ECOWAS must remove these sanctions for the happiness of the Malian people,” he said.

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