Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya landed on September 21 at the end of the afternoon, at Bamako airport, in a particular international context, since sanctions could be taken against the authorities of Conakry during the extraordinary session of ECOWAS scheduled this September 22, in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Colonel Doumbouya “was welcomed with all honors when he got off the plane presidential of the Republic of Mali, by President Goïta”, head of the Malian junta, indicated the Malian authorities who speak of a “friendship and work visit”.
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“I am in Bamako alongside my brother, President Assimi Goïta, to celebrate the independence of Mali and accompany the Malian people, who are a brotherly people,” declared the head of the Guinean junta. On September 22, Mali celebrates the 62nd anniversary of its independence. The same day is to be held an extraordinary summit of the Organization of West African States (ECOWAS) which should be mainly devoted to Guinea and Mali. Mali, twice, and Guinea are part with Burkina Faso of the ECOWAS countries where the military has seized power over the past two years.
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The Mountain peak should consider how to respond to the Guinean military’s plan to stay in power for three years before giving way to elected civilians. The current president of ECOWAS, the Bissau-Guinean Umaro Sissoco Embalo, warned that Guinea was facing “heavy sanctions” if the junta persisted in this plan.
At the end of January, ECOWAS imposed a severe commercial and financial embargo on Mali, to sanction the military’s plan to stay in power for up to five more years. The junta led by Colonel Assimi Goïta has since pledged under pressure to hold elections in February 2024, and the embargo has been lifted.
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The Guinean authorities had been among the few to remain in solidarity with Mali in the face of the sanctions, and had maintained the borders open.