US, France agree on UN force
IN Paris, France and at a meeting with President Francois Hollande, United States (U.S.) Vice President, Joe Biden yesterday hailed the French intervention in Mali.
Biden said: “We applaud your decisiveness and, I might add, the capability of France’s military forces. Your decisive action was not only in the interest of France but of the United States and everyone.
“We agreed on the need to, quickly as possible, establish an African-led mission to Mali and as quickly as prudent transition that mission to the UN.”
Biden’s was the first visit by a top U.S. official since President Barack Obama’s inauguration last month. He also joined Hollande in vowing to keep up the pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme.
“We agreed on the need to as quickly as reasonably possible, establish the African-led International Mission in Mali (AFRISMA) and as quickly as is prudent transition that mission to the United Nations.” Biden said after a lunch parley with Hollande.
Biden noted that France’s lightning advance since January 11 drove Islamist rebels from key cities they had seized and occupied since last year.
Biden said: “Your decisive action was not only in the interest of France but quite frankly the United States and everyone.”