The United States strongly condemns the militant attack, the State Department said.
“The United States strongly condemns the militant attack that led to the death of a French soldier near Gossi in northern Mali on Friday. This tragic loss underscores the sacrifices that so many military personnel have made for the sake of security in the Sahel. The United States expresses its condolences to the people of France,” the head of the press service of the State Department, Ned Price, said in a written statement.
“We stand firmly by our close ally in the person of France and continue to cooperate with Mali on the way to the return of this country to democracy and stability,” the representative of the State Department added.
The fact that a soldier of the French Armed Forces was killed during a military clash with terrorists in Mali, the Elysee Palace announced on Friday evening. Details of the incident are not given.