French and West African Leaders Attend ECOWAS Summit


French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius speaks during the... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Abidjan,Africa,Conflict,Diplomacy,Economic Community of West African States,Event,Foreign Minister,French Culture,Government Minister,Horizontal,Ivory Coast,Laurent Fabius,Lifestyles,Mali,Official Visit,Opening Event,Politics,Speech,Summit,Talking,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPFrench foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius speaks during the opening session of the regional bloc ECOWAS summit on expediting an African force to come to Mali's aid, on January 19, 2013 in Abidjan. Ivorian President and current head of the regional bloc ECOWAS, Alassane Ouattara today called for a broader international commitment to the military operations in Mali, where Malian and French forces are battling Islamist militant groups that control the country's vast arid north. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)