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France will stay in Mali as long as necessary, Hollande says

Press TV

President Francois Hollande says France would continue its combat mission in Mali and French troops will stay in the country as long as necessary.

“We’ll stay as long as we need to, but there’s no question of us getting entrenched here, this is a short operation. We’ll stay by your side as you address rebuilding in your nation,” the French president told thousands of Malians in the capital, Bamako, on Saturday.

Hollande also praised the work done by French troops in Mali and pledged more support for the African country.

“France will stay with you as long as it takes, until the time for Africans themselves to replace us. Until then we will be beside you to the end, as far as north Mali.”

Also on Saturday, Hollande, accompanied by Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore, traveled to the northern city of Timbuktu, which was recaptured by French and Malian troops on January 26.

“It (the war) is not over yet, it’s going to take several weeks, but our goal is to pass the baton,” he said.

Hollande arrived in Mali on Saturday for a one-day visit nearly four weeks after France launched the war on Mali under the pretext of halting the advance of anti-government fighters in the country.

Analysts believe that behind the military campaign are Mali’s untapped resources, including oil, gold and the uranium in the region.

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2 responses to “France will stay in Mali as long as necessary, Hollande says

  1. The Politicoid February 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I just wrote a piece on politicoid about why the British are so keen to help out in Mali if you fancy taking a look. Needless to say, it has nothing to do with helping Malians or terrorism…

  2. realistic bird February 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for the link :) after Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and many others, who in the world would believe they are doing for the people of Mali.

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