West African leaders head to Mali summit

West African leaders headed to a summit in Ivory Coast to discuss their role in the French-led military intervention to oust Islamic extremists occupying the vast north of the country.

Neighbouring countries are expected to contribute around 3,000 troops to the operation, but there have been some concerns that countries have delayed other countries from sending their promises troops so far.

Charles Koffi Diby, Ivory Coast's foreign affairs minister, said that Mali's neighbours must:

Face up to the weight of our responsibilities in conducting and coordinating military operations in Mali."

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