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Mali denies asking Islamic body to negotiate with al-Qaeda (Al Jazeera)

The Malian government has denied that it plans to negotiate with leaders of al-Qaeda’s local affiliate, walking back an earlier statement from its religion ministry saying that it would do so.

“The Government informs the national and international public that to date, no national or international organisation has been officially mandated to carry out such an activity,” the government said in a statement published on social media on Thursday night.

Mali denies asking Islamic body to negotiate with al-Qaeda | Al-Qaeda News | Al Jazeera