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Japan condemns arrests of Mali President and Prime Minister

Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse (left) and President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. (FP/file)
Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse (left) and President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. (FP/file)
Colonel-Major Ismael Wague (center), spokesman for the soldiers identifying themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, holds a press conference at Camp Soudiata in Kati, Mali, on Wednesday, a day after armed soldiers fired into the air outside President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's home and took him into their custody. (AP)
Colonel-Major Ismael Wague (center), spokesman for the soldiers identifying themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, holds a press conference at Camp Soudiata in Kati, Mali, on Wednesday, a day after armed soldiers fired into the air outside President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's home and took him into their custody. (AP)
This August 19, 2020 picture shows the damage to buildings belonging to the former Malian minister of Justice and Human Rights, Kassim Tapo, in the Coura district in Bamako. Protesters looted and set on fire several buildings including the private office of the minister. (AFP)
This August 19, 2020 picture shows the damage to buildings belonging to the former Malian minister of Justice and Human Rights, Kassim Tapo, in the Coura district in Bamako. Protesters looted and set on fire several buildings including the private office of the minister. (AFP)
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21 Aug 2020 11:08:55 GMT9
21 Aug 2020 11:08:55 GMT9

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TOKYO: Japan said it is deeply concerned by the unfolding developments in Mali, where a group of Malian army soldiers arrested President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse as well as other members of the Government of Mali by force.

A statement by the foreign Ministry in Tokyo said Japan strongly condemns such actions by the group of army soldiers, joining the messages in the statement of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the communique issued by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General condemning the actions by them.

Japan called on all parties concerned regarding the situation in Mali to restore constitutional order at an early date, halt violence, and make efforts toward a peaceful solution to the ongoing unrest.

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