Ba N’Daou to Akufo-Addo: Thank you for your role in securing the peace of Mali

Mali’s interim leader, Ba N’Daou, expresses his nation’s gratitude to Akufo-Addo for his role in securing Mali’s return to stability

Mali’s transitional president, His Excellency Ba N’Daou, has thanked the President of the Republic and chair of the Authority of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the role he has played so far in helping to resolve the political impasse in Mali.

At a meeting held on Sunday 11 October in Bamako at the Koulouba Palace, the seat of the Malian presidency, President N’Daou applauded the decision by President Akufo-Addo to convene a meeting to resolve the deadlock in Mali immediately after his election as the chair of ECOWAS.

President Akufo-Addo and his delegation meet with Mali’s interim president, Ba N’Daou, at the Koulouba Palace in Bamako, seat of the Malian presidency

According to the interim president, it is Akufo-Addo’s proactive diplomacy and the decisions reached at the “Peduase Meeting” of the ECOWAS Authority that produced the appointment of an interim president, vice-president and prime minister for Mali.

Full civilian rule the goal

Following this development, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State has also lifted the sanctions imposed on Mali in the aftermath of the 18 August military takeover, in order to support the handover to civilian rule and the process of restoring full democracy to Mali.

With the transition expected to last for 18 months, N’Daou told Akufo-Addo that he has appointed 25 people to steer the affairs of the country, with the objective of returning the country to the path of multiparty democracy.

For his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the leaders of the interim government in Mali for the welcome accorded to him and his delegation, and for their decision to work hand in hand with ECOWAS towards returning the country fully to civilian rule.

He assured President N’Daou of the unalloyed co-operation of ECOWAS towards Mali’s progress and development, and, ultimately, the enhancement of living standards for Malians.

President Akufo-Addo and the former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, leader of the ECOWAS negotiating mission to Mali, are escorted by President Ba N’Daou out of the Koulouba Palace

President Akufo-Addo held separate private meetings with the Malian vice-president, Colonel Assimi Goita, and the prime minister, Moctar Ouane, after his meeting with the interim president. He also met with the diplomatic corps and members of the Ghanaian community resident in Mali.

Transitional government

It will be recalled that N’Daou, a retired colonel major and former minister of defence, was sworn in before the Supreme Court as president of the transitional government on 25 August.

So was Colonel Assimi Goïta, the leader of the military junta, who was named vice-president of the transition in charge of defence and security.

Since the appointment of the transitional leadership, a dozen prominent figures from politics and the military arrested during the coup – including the former prime minister Boubou Cissé – have also been released.

Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio

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