Local Governments Ramping Up Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism

By  Michael Duffin  on July 17, 2018 The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a Department of State partner in advancing global counterterrorism collaboration, just hosted the third annual Strong Cities Network Global Summit in Melbourne, Australia, on July 10-12. Countering violent extremism (CVE) requires a whole-of-society approach that addresses the local dynamics that terrorists exploit for recruitment. While ...
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African Women Entrepreneurs Expand Business Networks in the United States

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 12, 2018 Twenty-two women entrepreneurs from 13 African countries arrive in the United States this week to connect with their American counterparts and accelerate the growth of their businesses. The businesswomen in this year’s African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) join a network that has created thousands ...
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The United States Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Mali and Niger

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 3, 2018 The United States condemns the recent terrorist attacks in the Sahel. These include attacks against security forces of the G-5 Sahel Joint Force in Sévaré, Mali on June 29, the landmine attack that killed four Malian troops in Koro county on June 30, the ...
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Launch of One Health Plateform in Mali

 Embassy of the United States in Mali Press Release No: BAM2018-011 ENG Bamako, Mali, June 28, 2018 Bamako, Mali – On June 21, 2018, the U.S. government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Malian government reinforced their long-standing partnership in the health sector with the launch of the “One Health ...
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Implication of Malian Soldiers in Civilian Deaths

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 21, 2018 Implication of Malian Soldiers in Civilian Deaths The United States expresses serious concern about the role of Malian military forces in the deaths of 25 people, as acknowledged by Defense Minister Tiena Coulibaly. We support Minister Coulibaly’s decision to immediately open an investigation. We ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits the High Islamic Council in Bamako to wish Malians a Joyful  Ramadan 

May 10 — U.S.  In advance Ramadan, Ambassador Paul A. Folmsbee visited the High Islamic Council of Mali (HCI) in Bamako, and the three main member associations, including the National Muslim Association for the Women of Mali, Union Nationale des Femmes du Mali (UNAFEM), The Malian Association for Imams and Islamic Preachers, Ligue Malienne des ...
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USAID’s New Mission Director in Mali Takes Oath 

BAMAKO – Scott Dobberstein took his oath of office as the USAID Mission Director for Mali May 9, and spoke about the importance of decentralization for good governance, and the need to promote peace and stability so that development can take place. United States Ambassador to Mali Paul Folmsbee, administered the oath of office for ...
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Department of State Participation in Flintlock 2018

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE April 6, 2018 The Department of State is pleased to once again participate in Flintlock, U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) annual and largest Special Operations Forces exercise. Flintlock exercises have taken place regularly since 2005 with partner nations from the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership ...
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The U.S. Embassy Bamako Welcomes the Malian Public at Special Screening of American Blockbuster “Black Panther”

March 31, 2018 – The U.S. Embassy in Mali had the pleasure of screening the blockbuster American film Black Panther, with support from Magic Cinema Babemba in Bamako. This brand new Marvel film, which has shattered box office records, takes place in an imaginary African country, and features a mostly black cast. Black Panther is ...
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United States supports Mali with physical security and arms stockpile management with $1,740,000 over three years          

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 – U.S. Ambassador Folmsbee handed over the keys for 22 armories in Segou, Mopti, and Bamako, constructed for the Malian Armed Forces, Customs and Police. The project for the construction of the physical security facilities and training of personnel, was sponsored by the United States and implemented by NGO partner, Mines Advisory Group (MAG). ...
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To Improve Stability and Prosperity, United States Government Emphasizes Support for Mali’s Decentralization of Public Financial Management

Friday, February 15, 2018, Kati, Mali – Ambassador Paul A. Folmsbee opened the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Annual Review of the Mali Sub-National Governance Program (SNGP), noting, “The Malian government’s decentralizing of public financial management will continue to pave the way for a more democratic, resilient and prosperous life for present and future ...
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Official Statement on the January 25-28 Terrorist Attacks on Civilians and FAMA Troops in Mali

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali Official Statement on the January 25-28 Terrorist Attacks on Civilians and FAMA Troops in Mali 29 January 2018 – The United States strongly condemns the barbaric landmine attack that killed twenty six Malian and Burkinabe civilians including women and children on January 25, and the deplorable assaults on Forces Armees Maliennes ...
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Readout of a Meeting between Ambassador Haley and Malian Foreign Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 24, 2018 Ambassador Nikki Haley met with Malian Foreign Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly. They agreed that Mali is at a pivotal moment, and the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement, coupled with successful elections in 2018, is critical ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of Continued Threat of Attacks in Mali

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali Security Message for U.S. Citizens Reminder of Continued Threat of Attacks in Mali December 29, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Bamako reminds U.S. citizens of the continued threat of attacks against hotels, restaurants, and bars frequented by Westerners, particularly in the cities of Bamako and Gao. In light of the continued ...
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U.S Embassy Condemns Attack Against President of Mali High Court of Justice

The United States Embassy in Mali strongly condemns the attack against the President of the High Court of Justice of Mali, Hon. Abderhamane Niang. This vile and barbarous attack on a civilian convoy that took the lives of six people is a stark reminder of the resolve required to assure continued peace and stability in ...
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United States Pledging up to $60 Million in New Support for Security Assistance in the Sahel Region

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 30, 2017 United States Pledging up to $60 Million in New Support for Security Assistance in the Sahel Region Defeating terrorism depends on making sure terrorist organizations cannot have safe havens on any continent. To that end, pending consultation with Congress, the United States ...
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Statement of U.S. Ambassador Paul Folmsbee Condemning Recent Attacks against Malian and International Armed Forces

Press Statement Ambassador Paul A. Folmsbee Bamako, Mali Statement of U.S. Ambassador Paul Folmsbee Condemning Recent Attacks against Malian and International Armed Forces October, 27 2017 The United States strongly condemns the 24 October attack that took the lives of two Malian soldiers in Soumpi, and a second attack 26 October against Chadian forces which ...
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Ambassador Folmsbee Visits Central Mali to Support Education and Humanitarian Assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             DATE: August 28, 2017 BAMAKO – The United States Ambassador to Mali Paul A. Folmsbee visited the central region of Mopti August 22 – 24, 2017, to review U.S. development and humanitarian activities in this region.  Under threat of violence from extremist elements, many schools have been closed in northern and central ...
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Statement on the Situation in Mali

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 31, 2017 The United States condemns recurring violations of the ceasefire that have occurred in Mali between signatory armed groups to the 2015 Algiers Peace Accord. We urge the parties to end hostilities immediately and to strictly comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law and ...
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The United States welcomes the G5 Sahel Summit, Sunday, July 2 in Bamako.

Press Release  G5 Sahel Summit “I salute Mali’s leadership on this issue,” said United States Ambassador Paul Folmsbee.  “The United States welcomes and fully supports the creation of a G-5 Sahel joint force to combat terrorism and help restore peace and security in the Sahel region.  The United States applauds the G5 nations – Burkina ...
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Attack on Hotel Kangaba in Mali : STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON

June 19, 2017 Attack on Hotel Kangaba in Mali The United States expresses its condolences to the victims and their families of the June 18 terrorist attack at Hotel Kangaba “Le Campement” outside Bamako, Mali.  We appreciate the efforts of Malian, French, and United Nations peacekeeping forces in responding to the attack and securing the ...
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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 Bamako, Mali – On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Malian government have renewed their partnership by signing an amendment to a grant in the amount of $4,800,000 to support rule of law and human rights for Malian citizens. This is the sixth ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Mali

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 6, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Under-Secretary-General LaCroix, for your briefing. Thank you also to Foreign Minister Diop for coming here today. Mali’s support for this mission’s objectives is essential. We appreciate your interest in ...
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United States Condemns Attack in Mali

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON January 18, 2017 United States Condemns Attack in Mali The United States strongly condemns the cowardly attack on a military camp in Gao that houses government forces and members of the primary armed groups that signed the Malian peace accord. We are aware ...
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Ambassador Folmsbee: The time has come to stop talking and unite against corruption at all levels

Op-Ed: The time has come to stop talking and unite against corruption at all levels Today, December 9, 2016, International Anti-Corruption Day campaigns are taking place around the world. Corruption is not new and exists in every society on the planet. While efforts to stop corruption are ongoing, regrettably, corrupt practices continue every day, everywhere, ...
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ICC Judgment in Mali Cultural Destruction Case

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON September 27, 2016 ICC Judgment in Mali Cultural Destruction Case The United States welcomes today’s verdict at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, a member of the violent extremist group Ansar al-Dine.  Al ...
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Message from Ambassador Folmsbee Regarding the Death of an American Citizen in the Radisson Hotel Attack in Bamako

The United States condemns in the strongest terms yesterday’s terrorist attack in Bamako. I am particularly sad to note that among the victims was an American citizen, Ms. Anita Ashok Datar. As her family noted in its earlier statement, Ms. Datar did everything in her life to help others— as a mother, public health expert, ...
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Tabaski Message from Ambassador Folmsbee

On behalf of the American people and the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, I would like to wish the people of Mali a blessed and peaceful Tabaski holiday.  During this sacred holiday, Muslims from all over Mali and around the world will gather with families, friends and neighbors to honor the values of faith, charity, forgiveness, devotion ...
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The Embassy of the United States of America in Mali condemns the terrorist attacks carried out on June 27 in Nara and on June 28 in Fakola.

Embassy of the United States in Mali  Press Release  Bamako, Mali, June 30, 2015  The United States Embassy strongly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out on June 27 in Nara and on June 28 in Fakola against elements of the Malian armed forces and the government. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of ...
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Declaration on the Signing Ceremony in Mali

Embassy of the United States in Mali Bamako, Mali, June 20, 2015 Statement by Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa and sub-Saharan African Affairs Bisa Williams, June 20, 2015 On behalf of the United States, I wish to congratulate the Malian people on the significant milestone we celebrate today – the signature of the Accord ...
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On Ramadan: Statement by Secretary Kerry

Statement by Secretary Kerry June 17, 2015 On Ramadan On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value ...
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Ramadan Wishes from Ambassador Folmsbee

Ramadan Message from Ambassador Folmsbee On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Bamako and the people of the United States, I would like to express my heartfelt wishes to the people of Mali for a blessed and peaceful Ramadan. This will be my first Ramadan as the U.S. Ambassador to Mali and I look forward ...
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The Embassy of the United States of America in Mali announces the arrival of Ambassador Paul Folmsbee on June 3, 2015

Embassy of the United States in Mali Press Release Bamako, Mali, June 3, 2015 Ambassador Paul Folmsbee presented his letters of credentials to Head of State of the Republic of Mali H.E. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on June 3, 2015.   The Ambassador thanked H.E. President Keita for the warm and expeditious welcome that enabled him to ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa and sub-Saharan African Economic Policy, Bisa Williams

Statement on Mali Signing Ceremony Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa and sub-Saharan African Economic Policy, Bisa Williams Friday, May 15, 2015 On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the Malian people on today’s signing ceremony.  This peace accord – the product of eight months of negotiations and supported by Mali’s many ...
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Ceasefire Violations in Mali

Ceasefire Violations in Mali   April 29, 2015 The United States strongly condemns the recent violence in and around Menaka, Timbuktu and Goundam, Mali. We call on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and return to their previous positions in compliance with all applicable ceasefire agreements. This violence is an obstacle to peace. We recall ...
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The United States Embassy condemns terrorist attack against MINUSMA

The United States Embassy condemns terrorist attack against MINUSMA   The United States Embassy condemns terrorist attack against MINUSMA The United States Embassy strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack against MINUSMA, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission, which wounded nine Nigerien peacekeepers.  Three civilians were also killed and seven more were wounded.  We express our deepest ...
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Announcement of Host University Partners for 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Announcement of Host University Partners for 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson April 6, 2015 The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. colleges and universities that have been selected to host the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders this summer. The Mandela Washington ...
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Victoria K. Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Organizations Visits

Victoria K. Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Organizations Visits Mali Victoria K. Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organizations at the U.S. Department of State, is visiting Bamako April 1-3 to consult with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and ...
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Ambassador Thomas Shannon Visits Mali

No: BAM2015-001 ENG Bamako, Mali, February 25, 2015 Ambassador Thomas Shannon Visits Mali Ambassador Thomas Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State, is visiting Bamako February 24-25 to support USG efforts to restore security and stability in northern Mali.  Amb. Shannon’s visit demonstrates America’s strong and continued commitment to helping Mali achieve a durable and ...
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Enhanced Airport Entry Screening To End for Travelers from Mali to the United States

Monday, January 5 Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remove Mali from the list of Ebola-affected nations subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening. Travelers from Mali will no longer be required to undergo enhanced ...
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U.S. Assistance to Mali in Combatting Ebola

The Government of United States is working with the Government of Mali (GOM) and international partners to prevent the spread of Ebola in Mali.  As President Obama noted, “This disease can be contained. It will be defeated. Progress is possible. But we’re going to have to stay vigilant and we’ve got to make sure that ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: International Education Week

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson November 14, 2014 The Departments of State and Education celebrate the 15th annual International Education Week November 17-21, 2014.  During this week, literally thousands of events will be held around the world to highlight the benefits of global learning and student exchanges. To understand why this is ...
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Young African Leaders Initiative: Washington Fellows Arrive at U.S. Host Institutions

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson June 17, 2014 This weekend marked the arrival of the 500 Washington Fellows and the formal start of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  The Washington Fellowship aims to empower 500 of Africa’s most promising ...
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Winners of the 2013 Human Rights Awards

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson June 2, 2014 MEDIA NOTE Winners of the 2013 Human Rights Awards The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Human Rights Awards.  The Diplomacy for Human Rights Award goes to Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard of U.S. Embassy Bamako.  Richmond Blake ...
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TechCamp Mali Launches in Bamako

More than three dozen civil society leaders from across West Africa converged in Bamako April 24 for a two-day interactive event focusing on strengthening civil society organizations through the use of technology.  Known as TechCamp Mali, the seminar is sponsored by the Community of Democracies and the U.S. Department of State. The Community of Democracies ...
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“Reconciliation through Art”

Ambassade des Etats-Unis d’Amérique Communiqué de presse – BAM2014- USAID-MALI March 25, 2014 “Reconciliation through Art”: With USAID’s support, Malian artists work through the trauma of the past to create beautiful works on the themes of peace and reconciliation Bamako, MALI — The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in ...
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Secretary of State’s Statement on International Women’s Day: Women Key to Peace and Security

Embassy of the United States in Mali Press Release   On International Women’s Day, we renew our determination not only to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place — but also to recognize that a world where opportunities for women grow, is a world where the possibilities for peace, prosperity, and stability grow ...
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The Governments Of The United States Of America And Mali Sign Protocols For Amending Grant Agreements Worth $58 Million.

On February 24, 2014, Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Zahabi Ould Sidi Mohamed, U.S. Ambassador to Mali Mary Beth Leonard, and USAID/Mali Mission Director Gary Juste signed three protocols for amending grant agreements between the Governments of Mali and the United States of America. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry ...
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Joint Statement on Syria

The Leaders and Representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America made the following statement on the margins of the Group of 20 Nations Leader’s Meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia: The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is ...
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