Mali-US relations

Ambassador’s biographical data

ambassador1H.E Abdoulaye DIOP,

Abdoulaye Diop was appointed by President Amadou Toumani Toure   as Ambassador to the United States, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Urugay and Peru on May 2003.

    Ambassador Diop is in charge of managing and monitoring the cooperation between Mali and the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as well. 

This is Ambassador Diop’s first ambassadorial appointment. However, his entire career has been in diplomatic and foreign relations workings.

Indeed, Ambassador Diop served as the diplomatic adviser at the President’s office. In this capacity, he played an active role, working closely with the President, at a period of time when Mali assumed the chairmanship of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and the WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) (2000-2001) at the same time, which boosted the sub-regional integration process. He also monitored the initiatives taken for the creation of the African Union in which Mali played a very active role.

In the same position, Ambassador Diop has been member of several national delegations that attended regional and international conferences to discuss issues such as regional integration, economic development, peace and security.  He also had the privilege of overseeing Mali’s participation in the Security Council of the United Nations in 2000 and 2001.

In the same period of time, Mr. Diop was very active in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) process in which he was deputized by the President to be a member of the Steering Committee.

Prior to being the diplomatic adviser to the President, Mr. Diop acted as the advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of political and diplomatic issues (1999 – 2000).

He held the position of Counselor at the Mali Embassy in Belgium and was in charge of multilateral cooperation issues (1998 - 1999). He actively took part in the negotiations between the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) States and the European Union with regard to the Partnership Agreement for Development signed in Cotonou in 2000.

Prior to that position, he spent several years at the Direction of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of implementing and monitoring the European Development Fund’s financial programs in Mali. As such, he participated in the negotiations and the signature of several agreements between Mali and the European Commission.

From 2005 through 2007, Ambassador Diop assumed the chairmanship of the Convening Group of the Community of Democracies on behalf of Mali, which contribute to the successful organization of the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the Community of Domocracies in Mali and the adoption of an important outcome document manual ”The Bamako Consensus on Democracy, Development and Poverty Reduction”.

Since 2007, Mr. Diop is also a co-chair of the Board of Directors of the « Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa», a Washington, DC-based independent, non-governmental organization. He has been co chairing the Trade and Economic Development Committee of the Group of African Ambassadors in Washington, DC as well.

During his tour of duty, Mali has benefited from all major initiatives of the United Sates toward African countries.

Mr. Diop is holder of a MA degree in International Relations from the Paris International Institute of Public Administration, a MA degree in Diplomacy and Management of International Organizations from the University of Paris XI and a BA in Diplomacy from the National School of Administration of Algeria.

Ambassador Diop is married and is the father of five children.

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