French army "illegally" flew a drone over the Gossi base, Mali junta says, which was recently handed by departing French forces to Mali and where a mass grave has been found by authorities.
The regional economic bloc known as ECOWAS made the decision during a summit in Ghana’s capital Accra, where it also discussed the situations in other coup-affected member states including Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea.
The sanctions severed Mali's access to regional financial markets and have contributed to its default on about $180 million in debt payments and jobs losses.
The country's army-dominated interim parliament has voted in the transition plan despite promises to stage elections in February.
Ruling military government asks West African Economic and Monetary Union to end sanctions, saying it will have inevitable socio-economic consequences for the populations of Mali and of the West African sub-region.
French military intervention in 2013 halted militant insurgency but the operation later turned into a de facto partition of the African country, PM Choguel Kokalla Maiga says.
West African leaders opt not to impose further sanctions, demanding instead a timetable for a swift return to civilian rule in the African country.
Emergency talks were triggered after Burkina Faso became the third member of the ECOWAS to be overtaken by the military in less than two years.
The announcement from the bloc known as ECOWAS came days after the country's military deposed President Roch Kabore.
The leaders previously issued a statement to say the bloc "firmly condemns" the coup, accusing the military of forcing Kabore to resign "under threat, intimidation and pressure".
New military leader Paul-Henri Damiba promises normalcy and security to farmers and herders in Africa's Sahel nation, saying he will retake control of those areas dominated by insurgents.
African and Western powers denounce what they called an "attempted coup" and the EU demands "immediate" release of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
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