UAE provides medical treatment to Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita

His Excellency Mohammed Al Shamsi, Director of the African Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, confirmed that the UAE will provide medical treatment to Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita, former President of Mali.

Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita received medical treatment from UAE

Military officials stated that Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita travelled to receive medical treatment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, after suffering a minor stroke earlier in the week.

In a statement, His Excellency said that this comes in response to the request of the ruling military council in Mali, and in consultation with His Excellency President Mohamedou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, and the current President of the Economic Community of the West African States and the African Union.

Al Shamsi stressed that the United Arab Emirates believes in the importance of returning stability to Mali and implementing a quick and constructive political process to ensure the best results for the brotherly Malian people, and the Sahel region.

An official told Reuters that Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita left Bamako on Saturday night on a plane chartered by the UAE at the request of the ruling military council in Mali.

He added that he may stay abroad for up to fifteen days.

Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita

Keita, 75, was admitted to a hospital in the capital, Bamako, on Tuesday, six days after his release by the ruling military council.

Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita’s medical condition is unclear – a benign tumour was removed from his neck in 2016.

Meanwhile, the new military rulers in Mali began talks in the capital, Bamako, with opposition groups and civil society about moving to a civilian government. They said they would step down from power within two years.

Mali transition period

Talks about the shape of the transition period began on Saturday between hundreds of representatives from the military council, political parties and civil society groups.

But less than an hour after its start, supporters of an opposition coalition, which led mass demonstrations against Ibrahim Abu Bakr Keita before his ouster, came out in fresh protests, accusing the ruling military group of excluding them from most of the working groups.

The talks, which are also taking place in regional capitals across Mali, are due to continue on Sunday and then resume again late next week.

Source: WAM
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