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International organizations, 45 countries to discuss Mali strategy at meeting in Brussels

EU officials say international organizations and up to 45 countries will meet Tuesday in Brussels to coordinate efforts to stabilize the West African nation of Mali.

Topics will include deploying African troops to Mali, where French forces, with Malian military help, are trying to wrest control of the country's vast northern part from jihadists. The conference will also discuss the humanitarian situation, ways to stabilize newly retaken cities such as Gao and Timbuktu, and how to support Mali's return to constitutional rule.

The European Union will host the meeting, which will be co-chaired by the U.N., the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States. Malian officials will also participate.