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"The idea that Mali would be better off, Britain would be better off if the French and others had stood back and allowed Islamist extremists to take over that country and provide a new haven for al Qaeda, I think that’s nonsense."
After talks with Algerian leaders, Mr Cameron announced a new joint security partnership between the two countries and said Britain would "help the region to help themselves" amid a growing threat from al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.
This morning the Defence Secretary also admitted that the number of British personnel deployed in Mali could yet rise.
"I don’t envisage the numbers going much higher than that I can’t rule it out absolutely but I am clear that we are not going to get involved in a combat role," Philip Hammond told BBC News.
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31/01/2013 on PM, BBC Radio 4
31/01/2013 on BBC News
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