Colonel Mamady Doumbouya arrived Wednesday in the Malian capital of Bamako to attend the celebration of the West African country’s 62nd anniversary of its independence.
Doumbouya who is leading a transition in Guinea was welcomed at the airport by his Malian counterpart Colonel Assimi Goïta.
“I am in Bamako by my brother’s side, President Assimi GOÏTA, to celebrate the independence of Mali and to accompany the Malian people, who are a brother people,” the Guinean leader said.
“Guinea and Mali are two lungs in one body. For me, it is important to be in Bamako to celebrate the independence of Mali with my Malian brothers,” he added.
Ties between the two nations have been bolstered under the two leader who came to power last year following coups. Mali is marking this Thursday the 62nd anniversary of its independence.