France and Mali have deployed military men to intervene in Mali’s crisis.
The U.S., Canada, and the European Union have pledged their support to Nigeria and France in their move of troops to Mali.
This is contained in a statement by the spokesman in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ogbole Ode, in Abuja on Thursday.
According to the statement, heads of mission from the four countries made the pledge when the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Gbenga Ashiru, briefed them on the update of troops deployment under the auspices of the ECOWAS African-led International Support Mission in Mali, AFISMA.
They advised that the military strategy should also be pursued along with the political process, which should involve various parties in Mali.
Mr. Ashiru informed the envoys that the crisis in Mali is an issue of deep concern not only to West Africa but to Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.
“It is against this backdrop that the military operations by the French to dislodge Islamic militants and to regain northern Mali deserved the unflinching support of the international community,’’ Mr. Ashiru said in the statement.
It noted the uncommon international unanimity and endorsement that had greeted the military intervention by France, arising from the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution No. 2085.
Mr. Ashiru also said the preparations already put in place and the active support of the international community and the military mission would meet its overall objectives.
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