Mali Crisis: Buhari, ECOWAS Leaders Meet To Discuss

 Mali Crisis: Buhari, ECOWAS Leaders Meet To Discuss

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, August 20, 2020, joined other West African leaders to discuss the military coup in Mali that ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The meeting, which commenced at 11 am, was held virtually under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

ECOWAS has strongly condemned the change of government in member state Mali.

ECOWAS had been mediating in the crisis before the coup took place on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

Malian army officer Colonel Assimi Goita, aged 25 on Wednesday, August 19, announced himself as the coup leader.

The African Union (AU) also on Wednesday suspended Mali a day after the coup.

The AU joined other international bodies and nations, including the US and European Union, to condemn the coup and demand the release of the detained leaders.

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