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Burkina Faso foreign minister: Talks to resume soon with Mali government, Tuareg rebel group

The foreign affairs minister of Burkina Faso says talks will soon resume with a Tuareg rebel group whose influence has been growing in northern Mali.

Djibril Bassole made the announcement Monday, days after the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad said it would meet with the Malian government.

Jihadists have been forced out of other major towns in northern Mali by the French-led military operation, but the military has not yet been able to take control of Kidal.

Mali is due to hold a long-awaited presidential election in July and it's unclear what will happen in Kidal. Bassole says all rebel groups should disarm ahead of the vote.

The NMLA had taken part in previous talks mediated by Burkino Faso officials last December before the French-led offensive began.

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