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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UK working with Mali to tackle emerging terror threat

The Foreign Secretary saw for himself today what's being done to tackle the threat of terrorism in part of North Africa. William Hague visited the Malian capital, Bamako to speak to the Government and military about how to bring stability to the region. Speaking during his visit, Mr Hague said:

The evolving threat from terrorist groups in Mali has necessitated a urgent international response to help the Malians restore their territorial integrity and deny terrorists a safe haven in their country.

I welcomed the Malian Government's agreement of the political roadmap towards elections and a transition to full democratic rule. I promised that the UK would work with partners in the region, the UN and the EU, to help Mali establish effective arrangements for the elections.

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