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Of the British personnel offered to help the Western operation in Mali and West Africa;
- 40 offered for training in Mali
- 200 for wider regional training
- 70 with Sentinel jet aircraft
- 20 with remaining C-17 transport aircraft
Britain has offered a roll-on roll-off ferry to help transport equipment to the French force in Mali, the Number 10 spokesman added.
Britain could contribute up to 330 army personnel to the regional effort in Mali and West Africa, Number 10 said.
The troops' primary role will be to help train Malian soldiers.
The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond faces an Urgent Question at 12:30 from Conservative MP John Baron asking him to make a statement on troop deployment to Mali.
Residents of Timbuktu cheered and waved flags as French and Malian troops entered the town in northern Mali on Monday.
One man held a flag on which was written 'Thank you Hollande', a gesture to France's President Francois Hollande who ordered a military intervention in Mali to prevent rebels advancing on the capital Bamako in the south.
An international donors conference for Mali hosted by the African Union is taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss funding for the intervention in the country.
Deputy national security director Hugh Powell is also expected to discuss the potential UK contribution to support a West African intervention force in Mali.
Meanwhile, in Brussels, officials will discuss details of the planned EU training mission to build up the Malian army, which could include up to 40 British personnel.
Ministers meeting in Brussels today are expected to agree to deploy British troops to help train the Malian army.
An EU training mission is likely to see "tens" of troops sent in a "support" role to the North African state.
Former head of the Army General Sir Mike Jackson backed the Government's position but warned that nations involved may face a "protracted guerrilla warfare".
The Foreign Office has said that a "technical level" meeting will be held in Brussels today to discuss contributions to the training effort in Mali.
UK diplomatic officals will attend but there will be no Foreign Office ministers present at the meeting.
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Throughout ten months of Islamist rule, the people of Timbuktu risked their lives to preserve the artefacts of their ancient heritage.
Francois Hollande is due to visit Timbuktu during his visit to the West African country this weekend. He will be welcomed by many.