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.
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.