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Landlocked Mali Turns to Neighbors to Sidestep Trade Sanctions

  • Mali ministers met with Guinean and Mauritanian officials
  • West African regional bloc has imposed sanctions on Mali
Port of Conakry in Conakry, Guinea.

Port of Conakry in Conakry, Guinea.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Mali says it’s secured support from Guinea and Mauritania to sidestep sanctions that are threatening the landlocked West African nation’s ability to import goods.

A delegation of Malian ministers traveled to the neighboring nations this week and visited their ports, the government said in a statement Wednesday. The trip comes after the Economic Community of West African States imposed sanctions on Mali over its failure to organize presidential elections following an August 2020 military coup.