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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