UK diplomats meeting to discuss EU Mali training effort

The Foreign Office has said that a "technical level" meeting will be held in Brussels today to discuss contributions to the training effort in Mali.

UK diplomatic officals will attend but there will be no Foreign Office ministers present at the meeting.

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