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European Union says it is committed to assisting Mali

Brussels, Belgium - The Malian Prime Minister, Oumar Tatam Ly, on a working visit to Brussels, was Wednesday assured that the European Union (EU) was committed to Mali in the political, security and humanitarian areas.

The assurance was given by the European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, according to an EU communique issued here.

It said that the two officials held talks on EU's assistance to Mali, especially on security and international domains with particular reference to EU's role on the deployment of the International support Mission to Mali (MISCA), led by the African Union.

The EU later deployed a military training mission (EUTM-Mali) which contributed to the in-depth reform of the Malian security forces.

However, the communique said 'efforts to restore stability in Mali will be in vain if the threats to other countries from the sahel-Saharan Region are not checked'.

Mr. Van Rompuy said he will soon visit Mali for talks with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on the critical issues of national peace dialogue and the reconciliation process as well as cooperation between Mali and the EU.

Pana 06/02/2014