US says it is mulling sanctions on Mali

The United States of America is mulling sanctions on Mali over the e detention of civilian leaders of Mali’s transition government. Ned Price, the US Department of State spokesperson said that the US was working closely with the local transition monitoring committee and other international actors to seek the immediate and unconditional release of those detained and resumption of the civilian-led transition. 

Price said: “A democratic, civilian-led government presents the best opportunity to achieve security and prosperity in Mali and the wider Sahel region.  The Malian transition government’s commitment to a civilian-led transition and democratic elections in 2022 set the stage for Mali’s continued engagement with international partners to advance democracy, human rights, peace, and security effort”. 

“Following the August 2020 coup d’etat in Mali, the United States restricted assistance to the Government of Mali in accordance with provisions of the annual appropriations acts.  We are now suspending all security assistance that benefits the Malian Security and Defense Forces that we had continued previously pursuant to available authorities.  The United States will also consider targeted measures against political and military leaders who impede Mali’s civilian-led transition to democratic governance”, he added. 

On May 24, Mali President Bah Ndaw and PM Moctar Ouane were detained by the military.  

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