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French President pledges troops withdrawal from Mali

02-03-2013 07:40 BJT

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French President Francois Hollande has pledged to withdraw its troops from Mali once the Sahel state has restored sovereignty over its national territory and a UN-backed African military force can take over from French soldiers.

He made the remarks at a news conference in Bamako during a one-day visit to Mali. Hollande stresses that the French operation in Mali aims to make way for a UN-backed African force.

The operation includes 35-hundred soldiers on Malian soil backed by warplanes, helicopters and armoured vehicles.

Hollande’s arrival in Bamako comes after his short stop at Timbuktu, where the president received a warm welcome from local residents.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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