US Vice President Joe Biden hailed France's "decisive" intervention in Mali on Monday and joined President Francois Hollande in calling for UN peacekeepers to be quickly deployed to the country.
France's president Francois Hollande (R) laughs with US vice-president Joe Biden (L) after a meeting at the Elysee Palace, on February 4, 2013 in Paris. The United States and France agree on the need to hand over international military operations in Mali to a United Nations mission as soon as it is "prudent."
On the first visit by a top US official since President Barack Obama's inauguration last month, Biden also joined Hollande in vowing to keep up pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme.
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