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.
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.