No: 2023 – 02 EN
Bamako, Mali, March 17, 2023
BAMAKO, March 17: The Honorable Rachna Korhonen, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Mali, presented her credentials to His Excellency the President of the Transition, Assimi Goita, on March 16, 2023 at the Kolouba Presidential Palace in Bamako.
Ambassador Korhonen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 13, 2022 and was sworn in as the Ambassador to the Republic of Mali on December 22, 2022. She arrived in Bamako on January 18, 2023.
“It is a tremendous honor for me to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Mali. Whether in the areas of health, education, cultural preservation, or political reform, the United States and Mali have long-standing partnerships that I am proud to continue. The United States remains committed to partnering with Mali, ‘Toujours Ensemble – Always Together’, to achieve peace, health, and prosperity,” said Ambassador Korhonen.
Rachna Korhonen is a career Diplomat and a senior member of the Foreign Service, class of Counselor. She previously served as Executive Director of the combined Executive Offices of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the Department of State. Prior to that, Ms. Korhonen was Consul General and Principal Administrator of the U.S. Consulate in Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She also served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and in Washington, D.C., she served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management. She has also served at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait and the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India.
Ms. Korhonen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Empire State College. She speaks Hindi, French, Finnish, and Arabic. In addition to multiple performance awards, she has received the Expeditionary Service Award from the Department of State.