Britain is giving strong logistical support in Mali, where France is leading international efforts to repel Islamic rebels, Europe Minister David Lidington has said.
"We have given the logistical support which our French partners have asked for," he told reporters on arrival at a meeting of foreign affairs ministers in Brussels.
"The UK government continues to give its very strong support to the French-led intervention," he said.
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.
Downing Street have been explaining what offers the UK have made to the military effort in Mali.