In this file image, Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne speaks with reporters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
OTTAWA– Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canada condemns the junta that required Mali’s president from power today.
A distressed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita revealed his resignation on television after armed soldiers fired into the air outside his house and took him into custody Tuesday.
Soldiers calling themselves the National Committee for the Redemption of individuals assured that they would eventually hand power to a transitional civilian government however gave no timeline.
Condemnation of the coup was strong from lots of quarters, reflecting international issue about instability in Mali and West Africa amidst increasing attacks by Islamic extremists and the taking place economic fallout, which has actually been among the chauffeurs of unlawful migration to Europe.
Champagne says Canada, which still has a handful of military officers and cops dealing with the UN in Mali regardless of wrapping up a year-long helicopter mission last September, gotten in touch with Malian security forces to follow the constitution and respect human rights.
He also says any Canadians in Mali who require emergency help from consular officials must contact the Canadian embassy in Bamako or call International Affairs Canada’s emergency hotline.
With files from The Associated Press
This report by The Canadian Press was very first published Aug. 19, 2020.
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Smoke increases from the home of Mali’s finance minister Kassim Tapo in Bamako Tuesday Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mohamed Salaha)