Algeria and Mali
Questioned on the recent incidents in Algeria, the PMS said that the PM had spoken to his Algerian counterpart on Sunday. He had chaired a COBR meeting that morning where he received an update from the ground and the arrangements for repatriation of Britons killed in the attack. The PM would make a statement to the House of Commons that afternoon. Addressing questions on military intervention in North Africa, the PMS said that there was no change in the support offered to the French in Mali – there would be no British troops in combat roles and we were best placed to help with intelligence and logistical support. More broadly, military intervention should be regionally led. Answering questions on the PM’s opinion of the way the Algerians had handled the incident, the PMS said that the terrorists were responsible for the loss of life. The PM thanked the Algerians for their coordination. There were difficult decisions facing the Algerian authorities in what was a very fluid situation. The PM had said it would have been his clear preference to be consulted in advance of an Algerian operation, but there should be no doubt that the terrorists were responsible. The Government would work with its international partners to bring the terrorists to justice.
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