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Italy ready to give logistical support to France in Mali

'Quick solution' needed, says Foreign Minister Terzi

16 January, 11:58
Italy ready to give logistical support to France in Mali (ANSA) - Rome, January 16 - Italy is ready to give logistical support to the French military intervention in Mali, Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi told the Senate on Wednesday. On Friday French President Francois Hollande said the French armed forces had started a operation to help the Mali government combat Islamic rebels.

Terzi said Wednesday that had discussed supporting France's operation with Premier Mario Monti and Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola.

"It is important to seek a quick solution to this crisis and avoid the endemic presence of terrorist forces in the country," said Terzi.

Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola told the Senate that Italy is ready to grant logistical support 'through air connections also for French forces' operating in Mali. Di Paola added the support would be logistical and not "on the ground".

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