France ready to start Mali withdrawal despite Gao attack - admiral
February 23, 2013 4:49 AM EST
France is still ready to start pulling its forces out of Mali next month despite a rebel attack on the key town of Gao, the French commander of the defence staff said on Friday.
Admiral Edouard Guillaud told reporters after a speech in Ottawa that he was not surprised by Thursday's attack in Gao, when 15 Islamists were killed by French and Malian troops.
Asked whether France still planned to start withdrawing troops in March, he replied: "This is obviously conditions-based, that's obvious. But yet, I don't see any reason not to begin some drawdown."
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Vicki Allen)
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