Canada removes non-essential embassy staff from MaliSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 21/01/2013 5:38 am in World / 1 comment
OTTAWA, Jan. 20 — Canada on Saturday announced that it was relocating non-essential embassy staff and their dependents from the Malian capital of Bamako.
The announcement came just days after Canada sent a military aircraft to assist the French-led mission to oust al-Qaeda-linked extremists from the embattled West African country.
The embassy “will now be limited” in its ability to serve Canadian nationals who ignored a Jan. 11 advisory against travel to Mali, Rick Roth, press secretary for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, said in a statement.
About 240 Canadians were registered with Foreign Affairs Canada in Mali when a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) C-17 cargo plane with a reported 35 Canadian military personnel was dispatched to France last week to transport equipment to Bamako, about 350 kilometers from the fighting.