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U.S. Department of State
96/10/07 Arrival Remarks at Bamako, Mali
Office of the Spokesman
U.S DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release October 7, 1996
ARRIVAL REMARKS BY
U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER
October 7, 1996
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: Thank you for that very warm welcome to Mali. I
also want to thank the crew that constructed this stand in record time.
A few minutes ago there was nothing here. It's a very special privilege
and pleasure for me to be the first Secretary of State of the United
States to visit your country. I very much look forward to meeting the
Malian people and to bringing my impressions of your great country back
to the United States.
This is my first stop on an African trip that will also take me to
Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa and Angola. I started here because I'm
inspired with what the people of Mali have done. You have shown all of
Africa and the world that freedom can unlock the door to a better
All over Africa, people are struggling to build multiparty democracies;
Mali is doing that. All over Africa, countries are trying to resolve
old conflicts and to reunite once divided societies; Mali is doing that.
All over Africa, nations are working to free their economies and to spur
economic growth. Mali is working hard and doing that, too.
Your country faces some of the toughest economic challenges and
environmental challenges of any nation on the earth, but you have shown
these challenges can be met as long as nations choose democracy and free
markets. You have made Mali an oasis of freedom, a champion of
democracy in West Africa, a leader in the Sahel and a close partner of
the United States.
I'm greatly looking forward tomorrow to meeting with President Konare,
who has done so much to establish respect for democratic principles here
in Mali, as well as, of course, with the Prime Minister and with the
Foreign Minister. I will also visit with the National Assembly to meet
with members of parliament, with political leaders, and with
representatives of non-governmental organizations. As you probably know
Mali is home to the largest Peace Corps contingent in all of Africa.
I'm greatly looking forward to visiting our Peace Corps Training center
just outside Bamako.
Everywhere I go, I'll have a simple message for the Malian people.
You've made courageous progress and America will continue to stand with
you. I want to emphasize how much my wife and I and our entire party
are looking forward to our visit here.
Thank you very much.
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