The government in Mali has denied reports that its minister for reconciliation had been kidnapped, according to local media.
Col Ismael Wague was reported to have been kidnapped on the Badiangara axis in the central Mopti region.
A statement from the ministry is quoted as saying the reports were spread by people opposed to the peace process.
Col Wague was last year presented as the spokesman of a group of soldiers who overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
The military junta was dissolved in January 2021 but senior military personnel still hold several key posts in a 25-member transitional government.