India and Mali have traditionally maintained warm and friendly relations. With a view to further consolidating these friendly ties, the Government of India established its Embassy in Bamako in May 2009. Mali followed soon by opening its Embassy in New Delhi in August 2009. Earlier in October 2009, India and Mali had signed a Protocol on Foreign Office Consultations and an Agreement on Political, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Co-operation.
Former President Toure visited India on the first-ever State Visit by a Malian Head of State to India on January 10-12, 2012. The Presidential delegation included six Ministers and other senior government officials. A business delegation comprising heads of business associations and private entrepreneurs also accompanied the President. During the visit, the President met with the President and Prime Minister of India and had interactions with the business community in a Business Meeting jointly organized by CII with FICCI and Assocham. Bilateral agreements signed during the State Visit included, an Agreement on Cooperation in the fields of Geology and Mineral Resources. Another was on extension of a Line of Credit by Government of India for US$ 100 million for financing a power transmission project connecting Bamako and Sikasso via Bougouni in Mali. India contributed US$ 1 million for strengthening of Malian forces at the Donors Conference held in Addis Ababa. India has strongly supported ongoing efforts to restore constitutional order in Mali as well as to preserve the country’s territorial integrity. India has also declared its readiness to resume and strengthen its long-standing development cooperation partnership with Mali.