On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Mali on the 61st anniversary of your independence. 

On this day, we reflect on the hopes of all Malians for a better future. The United States will continue to support the Malian people in their efforts to achieve democracy, peace, and stability. We reaffirm our commitment to work with Malians and other partners in the region to promote development and respect for human rights throughout Mali.

U.S. Department of State

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