Bamako, Mali - Senegalese peacekeeping contingent at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) will be enlarged from 200 up to 800 troops, an official source revealed Wednesday in Bamako, the Malian capital. Senegalese Defence Minister Augustin Tine said the Senegalese peacekeepers will remain deployed as part of MINUSMA force until stability is fully restored in Mali.
Speaking after a meeting with his Malian counterpart, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, the Senegalese minister noted that although the situation is currently under control, there was still a need to deploy more troops.
'This challenge has to be addressed in order to contribute to the fast return of peace and stability in Mali,' he stressed.
Also speaking, Maiga commended the 'great contribution' of Senegal towards a solution to the Malian crisis.
The Senegalese minister was in Mali to visit Senegalese troops deployed there.