France Calls an Emergency Meeting with West African Diplomats Aimed At Discussing the Crisis in Mali
France, on Friday, summoned an emergency meeting with West African diplomats serving in the European country, aimed at discussing the crisis in Mali.
The move follows a call by the UN Security Council urging the deployment of an intervention in the crisis-ridden West African nation.
The Malian authorities had earlier appealed to the United Nations and their counterparts in Paris for an urgent assistance towards dealing with the situation in the country.
France said a few days ago it was not prepared to interfere in the internal affairs of Mali, it former colony.
The French President, Francois Hollande, seemed to have back-tracked from his initial stance when he gathered the diplomatic corps, including heads of West African missions accredited to Paris, informing them that his government “is ready" to help stop the “al-Qaeda-backed rebels” from further advancing their causes after taking control of the Northern region of the country.
Mali Islamists claimed, on Friday, they have entered the town of Konna, which was formally under the control of Malian troops.
Source African Press Agency
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