Mali crisis: UK troops set to join EU training forces
29 January 2013 Last updated at 07:47 GMT
The UK is expected to agree to send troops to train forces in Mali, as part of a joint EU mission, at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.
Number 10 said David Cameron spoke to French President Francois Hollande on Sunday evening about further possible British help for French forces in Mali.
French-led troops have taken Timbuktu in their operation against Islamists.
Philippa Young reports.