Jonathan, 14 other West African leaders set for Peace Talk in Mali

Former President Goodluck Jonathan will lead a delegation of West African leaders in Bamako poised to provide remedy to the political crisis rocking the country.

Also on the delegation are 14 other leaders from the region.

The delegation is set to hold peace talks with the junta leaders including Assimi Goita who has declared himself head of the junta.

The junta is receptive to the meeting with one official saying yesterday: “We will receive the ECOWAS delegation with pleasure… it is important to talk to our brothers.”

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday announced that it would dispatch a high-level delegation “to ensure the immediate return of constitutional order”. It also demanded that Keita be restored as president and warned the junta that it bore “responsibility for the safety and security” of the detainees.

Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and other senior officials are currently in custody.

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