Mali-US relations


AL Maamoun Baba Lamine KEITA

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

of the Republic of Mali to the United States of America


Keita Almaamoun was born on January 22nd, 1955. He was educated at the French High School, Cairo Lyçée Français and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Cairo University.

He also holds various diplomas from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State and USAID, as well as the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in London.

After graduating in 1978, he Joinedthe Diplomatic Serviceat the Political Division in the MOFA on March 12th, 1979.                                                                                      

He served various postings in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including  Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Mali in the Arab Republic of Egypt, and at the same time Intelligence Liaison Officer (ILO) from 1989 to 1995 in Cairo, Director of Political Affairs (1996-1999) as well as Political advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2000                                                                                                                                              

Keita helped to develop the curriculum for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS). He is Senior Leader ACSS’s Seminar (Dakar, November 1999).

After the Malian ECOWAS-presidency of 2000, Keita was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ethiopia with concurrent accreditation to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Djibouti from 2001 to 2007. Subsequently, he served as Mali’s permanent representative to the African Union, the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa and the U.N. Environmental Program from January 2001 to December 2007.

In 2008 he was called upon to return to the MOFA, and was appointed as Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, a post he retained until being named ambassador to the U.S.

Ambassador Keita took up his posting as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States on January 18th, 2012.

In addition to his work for the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Keita was the founder and editor-in-chief of the news magazine ‘’La Concorde ‘’ from 1985 to 1989, and served as a bilingual interpreter for former Malian President Gen. Moussa Traoré from 1980 to 1989.

Ambassador Keita is the Author of two books :

.  '' The African Union .........  Backgrounds and perspectives''- August 2003  - (French language).

.  ''African Issues .... Current and Futur challenges ' '- May 1993 - (Arabic language).    

He speaks French (Perfectly fluent speaking, fluent reading/writing), Arabic (Perfectly fluent speaking, fluent reading/writing - mother tongue) and English ( basic conversational skill, good reading/writing).

Ambassador Keita has been married since 1980 to Therese Duranteau and has a daughter and four sons.

He holds the Knight of Mali National Order Award (2006).                                                                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                             Edited March 10th , 2013