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US grants Mali 26b CFAF for health, education and food security

Health, education and food security - Mali and the US Monday in Bamako signed three financing agreements worth 26 billion CFAF (US$54.4 million) and covering health, education and food security, official sources told PANA here.

The agreements were signed by Mali's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Zahabi Sidi Ould Mohamed and the US Ambassador in Mali, Mrs Mary Beth Leonard.

The signing of the pacts marked the official resumption of ties between the two countries.

The relations were strained by the 2012 military coup that triggered political and security crisis in the West African nation. Mali has since restored constitutional rule.

The funds will help strengthen the health system, particularly the fight against malaria and HIV/AIDS, improve mother and child health, increase access to basic quality education via the training of teachers and the development and implementation of new curricula, and also contribute to promoting food security, among others.

Pana 25/02/2014