Foreign Office Minister David Lidington has confirmed he will attend a Foreign Affairs Council meeting today to discuss the situation in Mali.
The Minister for Europe said:
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, has called an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council for Thursday 17 January in Brussels to discuss the situation in Mali, and take stock of possible EU action in support of the Malian government and people. I will attend.
Baroness Ashton’s statement calling the extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council can be found on the Council of the European Union website.
As set out in Baroness Ashton’s statement, the Foreign Affairs Council will discuss the proposed EU Training Mission, financial and logistical assistance for the deployment of African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), and will consider other direct support to the Malian government.
I will report to Parliament the outcome of the extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council, and will continue to update Parliament on future Foreign Affairs Councils.
Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds updated Parliament on Mali