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William Hague Mali visit

Foreign Secretary William Hague is in Mali in the first visit by a British foreign secretary to the country. The trip comes following the deployment on UK forces as part of an operation to drive out al Qaida backed fighters from the north.

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First visit to Mali by a British Foreign Secretary

Foreign Secretary William Hague is in the African nation of Mali as part of efforts to combat terror and restore security to the country. He is due to meet with the Malian Government and members of the military.

Speaking after arriving in Bamako, Mr Hague said:

My visit, the first by a British Foreign Secretary, underlines the UK's strong commitment to work with international partners to support Mali and countries in the region on countering terrorism and restoring security in the country. Mali is at the heart of a range of complex political, security and development challenges that have the potential to affect the wider region.

It is vital that we work together to tackle these challenges. I look forward to discussing the Malian Government's plans to implement their roadmap towards elections and the restoration of full democratic rule. A more inclusive political process is critical for longer-term stability in Mali. The UK stands with the people of Mali as they seek to secure their country, re-build their livelihoods and resolve long-standing grievances.

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