Germany has troops stationed in Mali and Niger as part of the United Nations mission MINUSMA, and Merkel is due to visit the soldiers during her upcoming tour.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged more support to fight against drug and people smuggling from Mali, on the first day of a trip to Africa where she will try to work toward curbing future waves of migration and to fix her reputation at home. That last category is the focus of May's government, which has pledged to curb immigration from European Union countries following June's shock referendum result to quit the European Union that upended British politics and brought her to power.
"We attach great importance to the implementation of the peace accord".
Merkel emphasized Wednesday that Britain can't have both things. German Chancellor Merkel is on a three day tour in Africa, visiting, Mali, Niger, and Ethiopia.
Extremists who took hold of the north in 2012 were pushed out by French-led forces in 2013, but targeted attacks against peacekeepers and Malian security forces continue.
Merkel, who is set to visit Niger and Ethiopia later this week, refused to acknowledge whether Germany would provide more helicopters for the MINUSMA mission.
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Mali is among the top 10 countries of origin for migrants arriving in Italy this year, the International Organization for Migration says, and smuggling routes for migrants from other parts of West Africa also cross its desert spaces.
"The Mediterranean has become an open air cemetery, a situation we are not indifferent to", said Keita, Mali's president.
Merkel will visit Niger on Monday and Ethiopia on Tuesday.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, looks at Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, during a press briefing after her arrival at Bamako, Mali, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is undertaking her first multi-day African trip since 2011.