ECOWAS Loosens Purse Strings: Sanctions Lightened on Niger, Mali, and Guinea


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has made a significant decision to ease sanctions on Niger Republic, Mali, and Guinea.

This move comes after an emergency summit held in Abuja, Nigeria, on February 24, 2024. During the summit, Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu emphasized the need for a reassessment of the region’s approach to dealing with states affected by coups, calling the current situation a “critical juncture.”

The decision was reached at an extraordinary summit focusing on the peace, political, and security situation in the ECOWAS sub-region. While political and targeted sanctions on Niger Republic remain in place, ECOWAS has opted to lift some financial and economic sanctions on Guinea, along with certain targeted sanctions on Mali.

More details on this development will be provided as they become available.


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