Algeria authorised French warplanes to use its airspace for bombing raids against rebels in neighbouring Mali, AFP quoted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as saying on Sunday (January 13th). Algeria's co-operation was indicative of the extent of international support for the intervention in Mali, Fabius added.
"We are working with the Algerians and our discussions are ongoing. What we have in mind is that if African troops move into the north of the country, the Algerians will have to close their border," the minister said.
At the request of France, the UN Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss the conflict.