Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is joining world leaders in Bamako, the capital of Mali, for the inauguration of the President of the Republic.
She is congratulating the new president on behalf of the European Commission and President José Manuel Barroso.
The ceremony marks the moment at which Mali is entering a new phase. Its new leadership and the people of Mali at large are facing many challenges, including national reconciliation, restoration of law, order and state authority throughout the country.
The EU is determined to continue to play a crucial role in support of the new leadership and the people of Mali, with the objective of helping them to achieve a full return to democratic and constitutional normalcy as well as lasting peace and security.