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Malian president in France to seek political and financial support for peace process

  • Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, center right, and French Junior Minister for Veterans and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini, attend a wreath laying ceremony on the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, France, as part of keita's three-day State visit to France, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. (Bertrand Guay/Pool Photo via AP)

    Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, center right, and French Junior Minister for Veterans and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini, attend a wreath laying ceremony on the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, France, as part of keita's three-day State visit to France, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. (Bertrand Guay/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, right, and French Junior Minister for Veterans and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini, attend a wreath laying ceremony on the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, France, as part of keita's three-day State visit to France, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. (Bertrand Guay/Pool Photo via AP)

    Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, right, and French Junior Minister for Veterans and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini, attend a wreath laying ceremony on the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, France, as part of keita's three-day State visit to France, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. (Bertrand Guay/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • French President Francois Hollande, left, greets his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Keita is in France for a three-day State visit. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    French President Francois Hollande, left, greets his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Keita is in France for a three-day State visit. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)  (The Associated Press)

Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is seeking political and financial support for the country's peace process during a two-day state visit to France.

Keita arrived at the Elysee palace Wednesday to meet with French President Francois Hollande.

On Thursday an international conference for the economic recovery and development of the country is to be held at the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

France is expected to announce it will release 300 million euros ($340 million) in loans and grants for Mali by 2017.

Paris launched a military operation in Mali in 2013 to expel Islamic extremists that had captured the country's northern half.

About 1.000 French troops remain in the country as attacks continue in the north and are moving further south.