Olivares, who had precisely moved to the African country to visit the Spanish troops deployed there, has made himself available to France for "everything he needs."

"In these difficult times, we want to show our support and solidarity to the French Government," said the Secretary of State of Defense after meeting at the Bamako airport with the Spanish ambassador to Mali, Miguel Gomez de Aranda.

The person in charge of Defense has emphasized that France and Spain are "close allies" that collaborate in different missions such as the Barkhane operation, to which the deceased military belonged.

Spanish troops have been present in Mali since 2013, within the training mission of the European Union. Together with 27 other countries, he develops training for the African Army and assists the high command of the Ministry of Defense of that country in management plans, strategy and fight against jihadism.

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