June 20, 2003 - Peace Corps Press Release: President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali to Speak at Peace Corps Headquarters

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President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali to Speak at Peace Corps Headquarters

Attention: Assignment Editors, Producers, Reporters

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2003 – Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez will welcome President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali to Peace Corps headquarters on Tuesday, June 24. President Touré will visit Peace Corps upon his request to express his country’s appreciation of Peace Corps volunteers. President Touré was sworn in as President of Mali on June 8, 2002, for a five-year term, becoming the first Malian President to assume office in a successful electoral transfer of power. In the early 1990s, President Touré worked with Peace Corps volunteers in the areas of water, health, and guinea worm eradication in the Mopti Region of Mali while presiding over a group dedicated to improving the Malian environment.

President Touré is visiting the United States between June 23 and 27 to participate in the 37th Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which will highlight Mali as one of three featured cultures. President Touré’s visit marks the third head of state to join us at Peace Corps headquarters within the last year. He is the second President of Mali to visit Peace Corps headquarters; President Konare visited in 1998.

For more information about this event, please contact the Peace Corps Press Office via e-mail at pressoffice@peacecorps.gov or by phone at 202.692.2230.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Headquarters
Shriver Hall
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC
(Media Entrance on L Street and 20th NW)

Peace Corps Director, Gaddi H. Vasquez
President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali
Embassy Officials and Press
Friends of Mali RPCV group

Media contacts:
Barbara Daly
Press Secretary

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