EU calls for 'immediate' release of detained Mali leaders
Rebel soldiers took President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse into custody on Tuesday afternoon and drove the pair to a military base on the outskirts of Bamako, which they had seized that morning.
"We believe that the stability of the region and of Mali, and the fight against terrorism should be an absolute priority," he added.
Jihadist and inter-ethnic violence in Mali and neighbouring Niger and Burkina Faso killed at least 4,000 people in 2019, according to the United Nations.
The entire Sahel region is seeing ever more brazen attacks by Islamist groups despite the beefing up of national armies and the deployment of 5,100 French anti-terrorism troops.
Michel said Europe would work in "close cooperation" with international and African institutions involved "so that we can c
African Union condemns 'unconstitutional change' in Mali
In his first official reaction since President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was forced out on Tuesday, Ramaphosa issued a statement demanding "the Malian military release from detention the president, the prime minister, ministers and other Government executives."
Ramaphosa called for the "immediate return to civilian rule and for the military to return to their barracks".
He also urged other leaders in Africa and beyond to "denounce and reject" the military-led government.
Separately, Angolan leader Joao Lourenco tweeted that despite the reasons behind Keita's ouster, "we repudiate and discourage this way of forcing the alternation of power."
"In the middle of the 21st century, Africa must follow the example of Latin America, which has successfully overcome the tragic period of successive coups d’etat of the 1970s."
"We hope that with the direct involvement of the African Union, the best ways to get out of the crisis will be found," he added.
ome to a solution that is directly linked to the aspirations of the Mali people."