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Macron discusses Mali with West African leaders, backs ECOWAS mediation

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 10, 2019 Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with the French president in Paris. – Mutineering soldiers in Mali on August 18, 2020 detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, one of their leaders said. “We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” the leader, who requested anonymity, told AFP. He added that the pair had been “arrested” at Keita’s residence in the capital Bamako. Earlier, soldiers launched a mutiny from the nearby garrison town of Kati. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the soldiers’ mutiny in Mali on Tuesday with his Malian counterpart and other West African leaders, expressing his support for mediation efforts by the ECOWAS regional bloc, the presidency in Paris said.

Macron discussed the unfolding situation with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and the leaders of Niger, Ivory Coast and Senegal, and “condemned the attempted mutiny under way,” the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

The French presidency did not say precisely when Macron’s talks with African leaders took place. Mutineering soldiers in Mali have said they detained Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse.


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