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Africa: Mali National Day Message

September 22, 2013 / --

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Mali as you celebrate your Independence Day on September 22.

The United States commends the Malian people for your enthusiastic participation during the recent electoral process, and we applaud Mali’s peaceful return to democracy.

Conflict has taken a heavy toll on this region. The Government of Mali now has an opportunity to create a better, more peaceful and more prosperous future for its people.

On September 19, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs, had the honor of attending the inauguration of President Keita.

We look forward to working with the President as he begins to address Mali’s most pressing challenges, from promoting national reconciliation and security sector reform to strengthening Mali’s democratic institutions and the rule of law.

The United States remains a committed partner as Mali moves beyond its transitional period and makes further progress toward peace, security, development, and national reconciliation.

President Obama and the American people share your hopes for the future and your faith in the power of democracy to lead you there.

On the 53rd anniversary of your independence, I wish all Malians peace and prosperity in the year ahead.

Source: Department of State