Mamadi Doumbouya visits Mali on the eve of an important ECOWAS summit

Mamadi Doumbouya visits Mali on the eve of an important

Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya landed at the end of the afternoon on Wednesday September 21 at the airport in Bamako, the capital of Mali, for his first visit abroad since taking power on September 5, 2021. He was welcomed by his Malian counterpart, Colonel Assimi Goïta.

Before his departure, Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya told the press the purpose of his visit: I am in Bamako alongside my brother, President Assimi Goïta, to celebrate Mali’s independence and support the Malian people, who are a brotherly people. Thursday, Mali indeed celebrates the 62nd anniversary of its independence.

Colonel Doumbouya was welcomed, with all honors, on his descent from the presidential plane of the Republic of Mali, by President Goïta “, leader of the Malian junta, indicated the services of the latter in a press release, which speaks of “ friendship and work visit “.

But this visit to Mali, the first trip by the head of the Guinean junta since he overthrew President Alpha Condé, comes on the eve of a extraordinary session of ECOWASon the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The sub-regional body could decide to ” heavy penalties against the Conakry authorities if they maintain their 36-month military transition. A delay ” unacceptable “, according to its current president, the Bissau-Guinean Head of State Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who spoke on RFI and France 24.

The other file which should be tackled by Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, with his Malian counterpart, is that of 46 Ivorian soldiers detained in Bamako. A case in which the Guinean leader had already served as a remote mediator between Mali and Côte d’Ivoire. It could also be worth a return of the sanctions of the West African regional organization against Mali.

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