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US to spend up to $62m for France, Chad in Mali

Published on Feb 12, 2013 6:45 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Monday put the price of United States (US) logistical support for France and Chad in the campaign against insurgents in Mali at up to US$50 million (S$62 million).

Washington has been providing airlift and air refueling services to France and lifting Chadian troops in transport planes in the month-long operation.

In a message to the Pentagon, Obama directed that the money be used to finance "efforts to secure Mali from terrorists and violent extremists".

A White House official said that France would continue to pay the US for fuel that it provides for French aircraft in the operation.

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