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President Barroso meets President Traoré: a new momentum for Mali

Dioncounda Traoré

President José Manuel Barroso on Tuesday welcomed in Brussels the President of Mali, Dioncounda Traoré. The two presidents discussed issues of bilateral interest and prepared the high-level donors conference to support the development of Mali. The conference takes place on Wednesday in Brussels.

On 15 May President Barroso convenes a high-level international donors conference on Mali with French President Hollande and Mali's President Traoré.

On the eve of the Conference, President Barroso met President Traoré. They discussed the situation in Mali/Sahel region, EU-Mali relations, and the Donor Conference “Together for a New Mali”. The conference aims to integrate and coordinate the international community’s support for the development of Mali in the period 2013-2014.

After the bilateral meeting, President Barroso said he expects the donors conference to give "a strong and decisive push for Mali's stability, unity, democracy and development". "The European Commission funding will amount to 520 million euros", he added.

Ten Heads of African States and more than 100 worldwide delegations will attend the donors conference.

Read the speaking points to the press (in French)

Follow the Donor Conference for Development in Mali here

Watch video from the meeting