French President Francois Hollande has received a warm welcome in Mali. His visit comes three weeks after French troops entered the country. He has pledged his continued support.
The release of 28 local officials and soldiers held in a rebel stronghold in the north of Mali has been demanded by the government and the country's former colonial power France. The UN is trying to negotiate.
French President Francois Hollande is in Mali, where his troops have helped push back rebels who had taken control of the north of the country. The visit comes three weeks after his decision to intervene in the conflict.
French President Francois Hollande, speaking before a friendly crowd in the Malian capital, has said military operations in the country will be short. But he added France will stand by Mali during its rebuilding process.
Mali's second round parliamentary election has ended with low voter turnout possibly due to attacks earlier in the week. Jihadists claimed responsibility for the killings in Kidal of two UN peacekeepers from Senegal.
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