Statement by Ambassador Dennis B. Hankins

Storming of the United States Capitol

January 8, 2021

The United States Congress has completed its Constitutionally mandated count of the Electoral College vote and affirmed the election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris. They will be sworn into office and a peaceful transfer of power will occur on January 20, 2021. The criminals who committed violent acts of terror against our democracy on Wednesday will be held accountable in accordance with the rule of law in the United States. Our heartfelt gratitude to the many citizens of Mali who sent messages of support during Wednesday’s difficult hours. The enduring friendship and partnership between the United States and the people of Mali will endure and thrive as we recommit to supporting and living up to our democratic ideals.