The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali has gained flight clearance from the authorities and can restart air operations in the country, a top official said.

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“We are happy to report that the peacekeeping mission in Mali tells us that, following fruitful discussions with the country’s authorities, they are now able to restart air operations, “Xinhua news agency quoted Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as saying. Today, they are working on preparations to restart these operations and the actual flights are scheduled to resume on Friday, he said. Earlier this week, Dujarric had said that all regular flights were grounded as the UN was trying to get clarification on new procedures put in place by the Malian authorities.

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