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HARARE, May 15 — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has left for Mali to attend a landmark peace agreement signing ceremony on Friday between the Bamako government and rebel forces in the northern part of the country.

President Mugabe, who was invited by Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, will attend the event in his capacity as the current African Union (AU) chairman.

Since its independence from France in 1960, Mali has faced security challenges from rebel groups such as the Toureg which are pushing for independence of the northern part of the country known as Azawad.

A United Nations-backed peace deal, with Algeria as the mediator, saw the Malian government and the Toureg rebel movements agreeing to the peace pact to be signed on Friday.

While the government and rebel leadership have agreed on the ceasefire, some sections within the insurgency are said to be against the peace process insisting on more concessions.

President Mugabe, who is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Vice-President Emerson Mnangagwa, service chiefs and other senior
government officials.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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