Britain offers France more military aid for Mali mission
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is offering France further assistance in its military operations against Islamist rebels in Mali, but will not take a combat role, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said on Monday.
Cameron spoke to French President Francois Hollande late on Sunday about the conflict in the West African state, where French and Malian government forces are battling Islamist insurgents.
Britain has already provided two C-17 military transport aircraft and a Sentinel surveillance plane to the operation.
"We are keen to continue to provide further assistance where we can and depending on what French requirements there may be," Cameron's spokesman said.
"The position on 'no combat role' is absolutely unchanged."
Britain's national security adviser, Kim Darroch, was in Paris on Monday to assess French military needs, but any British assistance will be restricted to logistics, transport, intelligence and surveillance, the spokesman said.
Britain is also sending troops numbering in the 10s to take part in a European Union mission to train Malian forces.
Cameron has highlighted the threat from North Africa and the Sahel in recent weeks, and has spoken of a "generational struggle" to counter militant Islamism in the region.
(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
- In his native Alabama, Apple CEO's announcement he is gay prompts discomfort for some
- Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter
- Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them
- SEBI piles pressure on Sahara to sell overseas hotels
- China expresses concern about Indian plan to build border posts
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power on Friday defended federal guidelines for monitoring health workers returning from three Ebola-stricken West African countries and praised the airlines still flying there. Full Article
Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves. Full Article