MALI JUNTA LEADER GOITA INVITED TO ECOWAS THURSDAY SUMMIT IN GHANA|nigeria news today headlines update today

MALI JUNTA LEADER GOITA INVITED TO ECOWAS THURSDAY SUMMIT IN GHANA

By Paul Ejime

Col. Assimi Goita, head of Mali’s interim government is to attend Thursday’s ECOWAS extraordinary summit in Accra, Ghana, to barter a compromise political transition programme and review the sweeping sanctions imposed on Mali by the regional organisation.

An official letter from the ECOWAS Commission addressed to Mali’s Foreign Ministry extended the invite to Goita, leader of 2 coups and whose administration has delayed a previous transition timetable, that prompted ECOWAS’ suspension and blockade of Mali.

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the ECOWAS mediator on the Mali crisis concluded his latest mission to Bamako in the week without any agreement on the transition programme.

Diplomatic sources say Thursday’s summit is to barter a compromise transition timeline of between 2 years and twelve months.

MALI JUNTA LEADER GOITA INVITED TO ECOWAS THURSDAY SUMMIT IN GHANA|nigeria news today headlines update today
MALI JUNTA LEADER GOITA INVITED TO ECOWAS THURSDAY SUMMIT IN GHANA|nigeria news today headlines update today

The meeting comes on the heel of a damning disclosure by French President Emmanuel macron, that he was instrumental to the sanctions imposed by ECOWAS and the African Union on Mali.

Relations between France and {mali|Mali|Republic of Mali|French Sudan|African country|African nation} have taken a flip for the more serious with France pulling out its forces fighting islamic rebellion in Mali and the Sahel.

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The French troops are being settled to neigbouring Niger Republic once Paris accused the Bamako junta of engaging Russian private defence agency Wagner for military support.

The Goita government has responded by activity the French Ambassador from Mali and announced the sacking of French media teams RFI and France24 from Bamako.

Goita’s invitation to the ECOWAS summit is seen as a climbdown by the regional bloc, that has been suspect of inconsistency and ineffective strategy in dealing with the resurgence of military coups in its member States – mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso.

Guinea and Burkina Faso also are suspended from ECOWAS however are spared ECOWAS’ harsh sanctions even supposing in defiance of the organisation’s demand, their military rulers haven’t proclaimed any transition timetables

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