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Letter of Thanks

Letter of thanks to the Malian people

From Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, U.S. Ambassador to Mali

The inauguration of President Barak Obama as the 44th President of the United States was a historic moment for our country, and we were honored and grateful that so many friends from around the world, and particularly here in Mali, added their voices to this celebration.  Americans are proud of our history of peaceful political transitions.  From our first Presidential election in 1789, when George Washington won in an uncontested race, to 2009 when we have witnessed the inauguration of my country’s first African American president, the United States has benefitted from a citizen’s pact that the process would always take precedence over the personalities.  Our Constitution and our system of checks and balances have provided Americans with a roadmap for understanding and détente that defines us as a nation dedicated to the rule of law and to moderation.

In his inaugural address, President Obama pledged “to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity..”  As we have often said, the United States can find no better partner and friend in this regard than the government and people of Mali, and we look forward to continuing the good work that we have begun in working to achieve together the common goals of social, economic and political development that we share.  Thank you again for your friendship, support, and good wishes.

Gillian Milovanovic
US Ambassador to Mali