German foreign minister stuck in Mali in latest government plane fiasco

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has been stranded in Mali after his government airplane was unable to depart due to a problem.

The Airbus A319 did not take off Thursday evening as planned from the capital Bamako, where Maas decided to stay overnight before a replacement aircraft takes him back to Berlin on Friday.

It was not immediately clear what mechanical issues the plane had.

Maas has been on five-day tour of West Africa, including Mali, where Germany supports the UN peacekeeping mission.

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