Obama congratulates president-elect of Mali

Aug. 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama offered congratulations on behalf of the United States Tuesday to Mali's President-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the White House said.

"Though the interim government's management of a peaceful, inclusive, and credible electoral process, and with the extraordinary turnout of the Malian people, this election has helped restore Mali's democratic tradition," Obama said in a statement.

Obama went on to say the United States looks forward to working closely with the new government of Mali ":to broaden and deepen the ties between our two nations."

Former Prime Minister Keita was declared the winner of the second round of Mali's presidential election Aug. 12.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said the U.S. planned to resume aid to Mali.

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