Mali: Junta closes borders with ECOWAS states after bloc imposes sanctions

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“A statement by Mali’s military regime announced the recall of ambassadors and the closure of borders with West African nations after the ECOWAS regional block announced tough sanctions on the ruling junta. … ECOWAS and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Sunday imposed a range of economic and diplomatic measures against Mali, including border closures and a trade embargo, saying the junta’s intention to remain in power for several more years was ‘totally unacceptable.’ The meeting in Ghana of regional leaders followed months of increasing tensions over the timetable for restoring civilian rule in Mali after two coups and a military takeover.” (01/10/22)