Mali Says It Will Not Respect Regional Sanctions on Guinea

By Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Republic of Mali’s Prime Minister Abdoulaye Maiga attends the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 24, 2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File PhotoReuters

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali does not respect and will not apply sanctions imposed by West Africa’s main political and economic bloc on neighbouring Guinea in the wake of last year’s coup, Mali’s interim prime minister said on Wednesday.

The 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) last week imposed sanctions on Guinea’s ruling junta for taking too long to organise elections and restore democracy after seizing power last year.

The measures include freezing junta members’ financial assets and barring them from travelling to other countries in the region. Mali was hit with even broader sanctions earlier this year after its ruling junta also delayed organising elections.

“Taking into account the solidarity and fraternity between Mali and Guinea, the transitional government has decided to break away from all illegal, inhumane and illegitimate sanctions imposed on (Guinea) and will take no action on them,” Mali’s government spokesman and interim prime minister, Abdoulaye Maiga, said in a statement.

He also said Mali would, if necessary, take measures to assist Guinea in order to counteract the effect of the sanctions. It was not immediately clear what impact Mali’s refusal to implement sanctions could have.

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