President Hage Geingob told the special envoy Professor Alioune Sall, sent by Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita that he has sympathy for the West African country that is experiencing violent attacks from rebels.
Mali is torn by a civil war between the government and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), an organisation fighting for an independent homeland for the Tuareg people that started in 2012.
Professor Sall, who met Geingob on Wednesday at State House, delivered a congratulatory message from Keita to the president for winning the elections last November.
The envoy also invited Geingob to head the African Union Committee of 10 Heads of State on Arts and Culture Heritage. Prof Sall said culture is critical in nation-building since it unites people and African cement identity.
Currently, Geingob is one of the leaders serving as the African Champion on the C10 on Education, Science and Technology and the C10 on the Reform of the United Nations Security Council.
Champion leaders are Heads of State and Government chosen to lead the implementation of key initiatives of the African Union and Flagship Projects of Agenda 2063 and create awareness about the initiatives at a continental and international level.
Prof Sall also invited Geingob to attend the Council of Peers during the 33rd Ordinary African Union Summit next month in Addis Ababa that will be inaugurated by President Keita.
Although Geingob said he would not be able to attend, he said he would send a representative.