Mali junta chief demands end to economic sanctions


Mali junta chief demands end to economic sanctions
Vice-President of the CNSP (National Committee for the Salvation of the People) Colonel Malick Diaw (C) takes a seat with other military leaders during the opening of two days of talks aimed at validating the terms of reference for a transitional government in Mali, on September 5, 2020, in Bamako. (Photo by MICHELE CATTANI / AFP)

Mali’s military junta leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, on Tuesday, demanded an end to potentially crippling economic sanctions imposed after last month’s coup in the poor Sahel state.

Addressing reporters during a ceremony marking 60 years of Malian independence, Goita said the recent nomination of a civilian as interim president meant that West African leaders must end their trade embargo.

The 15-nation West Africa bloc ECOWAS has yet to comment but France, which has troops stationed in Mali, welcomed the appointment of former defence minister Bah Ndaw and other interim leaders as “an encouraging step.”

The French foreign ministry said this…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper