UPDATE 1-Kinross Gold CEO sees "very low" risk of unrest spreading to Mauritania

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Sept 21 (Reuters) - Canadian gold miner Kinross Gold said it saw a “very low” risk of political unrest in Mali spreading to Mauritania, its neighbour to the north where Kinross has a gold mine with plans to expand.

“We don’t see the Mali issue coming to Mauritania,” CEO Paul Rollinson told the Gold Forum Americas conference.

Mali’s president was toppled in a coup last month, further destabilising a country battling a jihadist insurgency and civil unrest.

Kinross’s Tasiast mine in Mauritania produced 391,097 ounces of gold equivalent in 2019. Its West African operations - Tasiast, and Chirano in Ghana - together account for 23% of the miner’s overall gold production.

The company in June resolved a dispute with Mauritania’s government, securing the development of its new project Tasiast Sud.

Kinross last week announced plans to boost output and reinstated a quarterly dividend for the first time since 2013. (Reporting by Helen Reid and Jeff Lewis, Editing by David Evans)

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