However, the deadline expired with no sign of a breakthrough.

Abdallahi became Mauritania's first democratically elected president last year, but was toppled on August 6 by a group of generals led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the presidential guard chief whom Adballahi had tried to dismiss while serving in office.

Since then, Abdallahi had been kept under house arrest in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.

The ousted president was later transferred to his village on November 13, where he has been receiving visitors and discussing the country's political crisis freely.