The 15-nation West Africa bloc ECOWAS shuttered Mali’s borders and imposed trade restrictions after Malian military officers deposed Keita on August 18.
Last week, the trade bloc also insisted that it would maintain the measures unless Mali’s ruling officers appoint civilian leaders swiftly.
Addressing reporters on Tuesday during a ceremony to mark 60 years of Malian independence, Goita said the recent nomination of a civilian as interim president meant that West African leaders must end their trade embargo.
“The international community is watching us … which is why we accepted the ECOWAS principles,” Goita said. “In the coming days, ECOWAS must remove these sanctions for the happiness of the Malian people.”
On Monday, Mali’s former defence minister, Bah Ndaw, was named as president of the country’s new transition government.
Ndaw, 70, will lead a transition government for a maximum of 18 months before staging national elections, according to a plan endorsed by the military government.
But it remains unclear how West African leaders will react to Ndaw’s nomination.