Britain to provide France with logistical support in Mali
LONDON (AFP) - Britain will provide France with logistical military assistance during its intervention in Mali, but will not deploy any personnel in a combat role, the prime minister's office said Saturday.
"The Prime Minister has agreed that the UK will provide logistical military assistance to help transport foreign troops and equipment quickly to Mali," Mr David Cameron's office said in a statement.
"We will not be deploying any British personnel in a combat role," added Number Ten. It later confirmed to AFP that two military transport planes would be sent to the restive West African country.
According to a statement about a telephone conversation between Mr Cameron and French President Francois Hollande on Saturday, the two leaders "also agreed that the peacekeeping mission from West African countries needs to be strongly supported by countries in the region and deployed as quickly as possible".