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Security chiefs meet on Mali

Security chiefs meet on Mali
The National Security Council has met to discuss the remit of the UK's military role in Mali.

A No. 10 spokesman said that the council agreed it was right to press ahead with the current approach of providing "logistical support to the French through airlift capability and the sharing of any intelligence we may have".

European foreign ministers have also discussed a possible training role for UK and other troops. The spokesman said: "The fact that it is being discussed was part of the NSC considerations."

According to Downing Street, the Prime Minister wants to consult Parliament through the EU Scrutiny Committee. The committee is discussing the issue tomorrow.

"The Prime Minister always thinks that we should follow the very clear rules there are around European scrutiny procedures," said the spokesman.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed this evening that a second RAF aircraft has left Paris with supplies and personnel to help the French military mission against rebel forces in Mali.

France is expected to more than triple its troop numbers in Mali as raids continue on Islamist insurgents following overnight air strikes on a small town that had been seized by the rebels.

Sources close to the French defence minister are reported to have said the number of French troops deployed in the west African country would "gradually" reach 2,500. There are currently 800 French troops in Mali, with hundreds more on the way over the next few days.

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