EU will fall in line with ECOWAS sanctions on Mali, Borrell says

Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) pose during an extraordinary summit to discuss a proposal by transitional authorities in Mali to delay elections and return constitutional rule, in Accra, Ghana on January 9, 2022.
Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) pose during an extraordinary summit to discuss a proposal by transitional authorities in Mali to delay elections and return constitutional rule, in Accra, Ghana on January 9, 2022.
Image: Ange Servais Mahouena

The European Union will impose sanctions in line with the measures ECOWAS has taken, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after a meeting of the bloc's defence ministers in Brest.

“The risk that the situation in this country deteriorates is evident,” he told reporters.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Sunday agreed a raft of restrictions against Mali, including the suspension of financial transactions, over the interim authorities' failure to hold democratic elections next month as agreed after a 2020 military coup.

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