African leaders to hold summit on Mali

West African heads of state will gather for an emergency summit to discuss the military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, Ali Coulibaly, African Integration Minister for the Ivory Coast, said on Sunday.

An emergency contingent of troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was scrambled following France's military intervention in Mali on Friday and would start arriving in Bamako on Sunday, Coulibaly said.

The heads of state will come together to consult and to evaluate the situation.

– Ali Coulibaly, Ivory Coast's African Integration Minister

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