Secretary of State

on Wednesday condemned the military coup in Mali and called for the release of arrested government officials and their families as well as assurances about their safety.

Pompeo labeled Tuesday's events a “mutiny” and called on “all political and military actors to work towards a restoration of constitutional government."

“The United States strongly condemns the August 18 mutiny in Mali as we would condemn any forcible seizure of power,” the secretary said in a statement.

“We urge all stakeholders in Mali to engage in peaceful dialogue, to respect Malians’ rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to reject violence.”

The secretary’s remarks echo condemnation from other international leaders and regional organizations, including the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union.

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