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Mali is a leading regional partner in U.S. efforts against terrorism. Mali is also host to a world-class National Institutes of Health laboratory and research facility whose aim is to develop anti-malaria vaccines and medicines. USAID, Peace Corps, and other U.S. Government programs play a significant role in fostering sustainable economic and social development. USAID programs also strengthen efforts to consolidate the peace process in northern Mali and the region's socioeconomic and political integration. Defense Department security assistance programs and training support build Mali’s capacity to meet its various security challenges.
In 2010, the Department of State and USAID gave $117.87 million in bilateral foreign assistance to Mali. Mali is a focus country for a number of presidential initiatives, including Feed the Future, Global Health Initiative, President’s Malaria Initiative, and Global Climate Change. Mali benefits from a $461 million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact, implemented in 2007, to develop 5,200 hectares of irrigable agricultural land and improve the international airport. Mali participates in the Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP), which brings together U.S. Government resources and expertise for collaborative security initiatives. Since 1971, Peace Corps volunteers have contributed to projects in the areas of education, clean water, food security, environmental conservation, microenterprise, and preventive health care. Mali is currently host to approximately 150 volunteers, making this one of the largest programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
On July 20, Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure confirmed to the Malian press that Libya, Algeria, and Mali planned to coordinate military and intelligence efforts to fight security threats linked to al-Qa'ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the Sahel-Saharan region.
Originally posted by michaelbrux
Mali was mentioned as a possible destination for Gaddafi, his Sons and members of his government...
Maybe the Taureg are upset that the President of Mali did a poor job protecting an ally.
Mali is having elections next month and the current President cannot run again, so it's strange they couldn't wait one month after him being in power for the last 21 years.