The UN Security Council has called for a 'swift deployment' of foreign troops to Mali. It has approved plans to send some 3,000 African troops to recapture the country's north.
French President Francois Hollande has also vowed to stop the advance of al-Qaeda linked rebels who control northern Mali and have headed south in recent days.
In a speech to France's diplomatic corps, the leader said he was ready to respond to Mali's call for help.
France "is prepared to stop the terrorist offensive," Hollande said. He did not provide any specific details.
He continued to say that the rebels were destabilizing the entire region and that France would seek United Nations resolutions before taking action.
It comes after Hollande's Malian counterpart, Dioncounda Traore, sought help from France in order to stem the rebels' advance. The two leaders will meet in Paris on Wednesday, a French diplomatic source told Reuters.
Resolutions already passed by the UN Security Council on Mali would allow a military intervention by France, the source said.
[link to rt.com