West Africa leaders converge on Accra for ECOWAS Summit

President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo chairs the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit on the situation in Mali in Accra on May 30, 2021. - West African leaders met in Ghana today to discuss a response to Mali's second coup in nine months, which has sparked warnings of fresh sanctions and deep concerns over stability in the volatile Sahel region. (Photo by Nipah Dennis / AFP) (Photo by NIPAH DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Accra will again host West African leaders for the 59th Ordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) from Tuesday, June 15 to Saturday, June 19.

It comes barely a fortnight after meeting in an emergency session to discuss events in Mali. That meeting was called by Chair Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mali was suspended from the bloc and asked to follow the September 15, 2020 roadmap.

The 59th Ordinary Session will be attended by all 15 heads of state in West Africa, except Mali, whose leader and coup maker Colonel Assimi Goïta is not recognized by the regional bloc.

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Other dignitaries expected to attend the Summit include the ECOWAS President and Vice, commissioners and supporting staff, and former Nigeria leader Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who is the ECOWAS Special Envoy, mediating the Mali political crisis.

The Summit would be preceded by the 46th Ordinary Meeting of ECOWAS Mediation and Security Ministerial Council on Tuesday, June 15, and the 86th Ordinary Meeting of ECOWAS Council of Ministers on June 16 and 17 at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra.

President Akufo-Addo is expected to open the 59th Ordinary Summit at the Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel in Accra on Saturday.

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