The President of Mali, Mr Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA (IBK) , has invited the former Minister of Defense (and previously Minister of Territorial Administration - and before that Minister for the Environment, Water and Sanitation) Mr Abdoulaye Idrissa MAIGA to become Prime Minister, during the 2013 presidential election he was IBK’s campaign director.
Our friend Mr Abdoulaye DIOP –remains in position as Ministre des Affaires étrangères et de la Coopération Internationale and we congratulate him both on his longevity as No 4 in the gouvernmental hierarchy; and on the excellent job he has done in representing Mali to the international community. Mr DIOP was the former Ambassador of Mali in Washington, who initiated the SISTER CITY relationship between Richmond, Virginia and his hometown SEGOU, the second city of Mali.
The most recent Malian Ambassador in Washington D.C., Mr Tiéna Coulibaly, becomes Minister of Defense and we congratulate him on this important promotion.
In his absence, the Acting Ambassador and Chargé d’Affaires in Washington will be another of our very good friends, the Minister Counsellor Mr Mohammed Al Moustapha Cissé.