Welcoming Democratic Moves, U.S. Envoy Says Mali Must Deliver

Creation of the interim government and the naming of 25 ministers in Mali represent "yet another step in the road back to constitutional order", U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel J. Peter Pham told reporters in a telephonic roundtable on Wednesday. Now that government must "very quickly deliver on the very high expectations" and move the country towards democratic elections. "Until such time as those are held, and a constitutional government is restored, we are obliged under U.S. law to restrict our military assistance," Pham said.

The United States has announced $152 million in humanitarian assistance for the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel countries of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Mali.

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