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French president in Mali visit

There was a hero's welcome for France's President Hollande when he arrived in Timbuktu. He was visiting the desert city in Mali, after its recapture from Islamic extremists.

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Mali 'thanks international community for support'

At the African Union summit, Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds spoke to Malian Foreign Minister, Tieman Hubert Coulibaly.

Speaking after meeting, Mr Simmonds, said:

The Malian Foreign Minister and I discussed the importance of ensuring that Malian troops were fully trained, including training on human rights issues.

He stressed the need for an inclusive political settlement that would allow all Malians a voice.

The Foreign Minister thanked the international community for our support to the Malian people and reiterated that continued military, political and humanitarian assistance was essential.

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