As relations strengthen between Europe and the Sahel, the EU’s foreign policy chief held talks with Mali’s top leaders in Bamako on Saturday. Africa News reports that Josep Borrell Fontelles pledged EU support as Mali undergoes a transition to an elected government following last year’s military coup. Meanwhile speaking of transitions of power, the African Union on Friday evening called for the restoration of civilian rule in Chad, where General Mahamat Idriss Déby took power last week following the death of his father Idriss Déby Itno.