British foreign minister Hague arrives in Mali
, Monday 4 Mar 2013
Hague is first British foreign secretary to visit the African country


British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived in Mali on Monday to meet French-backed African troops fighting Islamist militants for control of the west African country, his ministry said.

"My visit, the first by a British foreign secretary, underlines the UK's strong commitment to work with international partners to support Mali and countries in the region on countering terrorism and restoring security," Hague said.

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