20 October 2012

Mali: Jonathan Intervenes in Mali Political Crisis

President Goodluck Jonathan in Bamako yesterday said the political crisis in Mali needed collective actions to resolve.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after arrival in the Bamako Senou International Airport, the President said the political crisis in Mali which arose because of secessionist bid from militants in the northern part of the country, was one that needed collective effort in its resolution based on the decisions of the United Nations.

He said his intervention in the political crisis was to ensure that peace and stability returns to the country. "I am here on one-day visit to see how we can resolve the problem facing the country, and we are indeed committed to ensuring peace in Mali."

President Jonathan during the visit is expected to meet with the country's Prime Minister, the former president, and leaders of the political parties, civil society groups and the Nigerian community in Mali.

The President was received on arrival by the interim president, Mr. Dioncounda Traore, Nigerian Ambassador to Mali, Ambassador Iliya Nuhu, top government officials and members of the Nigerian community in Mali.

He was accompanied on the trip by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs(II), Nurudeen Mohammed and Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada and other government functionaries.

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