President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Ghana today, Thursday, 23 July 2020, at the request of the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States, Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, to help mediate in the ongoing political crisis in Mali, as part of a delegation of ECOWAS leaders who have been assembled by President Issoufou Mahamadou to this end.
President Akufo-Addo will be joined in Mali by Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire; and Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal.
They are expected to hold stakeholder consultations with the President of the Republic of Mali, Boubacar Keita, the Imam of Mali and Co-ordinator of the Opposition, Mahmoud Dicko, and civil society groups, with a view to resolving the impasse.
The President was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, MP; and officials of the Presidency and Foreign Ministry.
The President will return to Ghana later on Thursday, and in his absence, the Vice-President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.