BAMAKO, March 15: Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Mali Dennis B. Hankins presented his credentials to His Excellency President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on March 15, 2019. Ambassador Hankins was nominated by President Trump on August 16, 2018 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2, 2019.
“I am honored to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Mali at this critical moment for the country and the Sahel region. The United States supports Mali on its path to peace, stability, and prosperity. I look forward to working together to address challenges and create opportunities for a safe and secure Mali,” said Ambassador Hankins.
Ambassador Hankins arrived in Bamako on March 13 with his wife Mira Hankins, and was received by President Keïta at the Kolouba Presidential Palace in Bamako.
Ambassador Hankins served as Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea from 2015 to 2018. A career member of the Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Mr. Hankins served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 2012-2015. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan from 2010 to 2012 and at the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania from 2007 to 2010.
Mr. Hankins also served as Deputy Director at the Department of State’s Office of Peacekeeping in the Bureau of International Organizations from, and as Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2004 to 2005. Earlier assignments include posts in Mozambique, Portugal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil, Haiti, Sudan and Thailand. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the National War College.