United Nations, Jun 30 (AP) The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution calling on the more than 15,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in Mali to help the beleaguered country’s military re-establish security across Malian territory. Also Read - India Will Not Shy Away From Raising Its Voice Against Enemies of Humanity Like Terrorism: Ambassador to UN

The resolution adopted Thursday night extends the mandate for the UN force until June 30, 2018, and keeps its current ceiling at up to 13,289 military personnel and 1,920 police. Also Read - Proud Moment: Tricolour To Be Installed at UNSC Stakeout as India Begins Tenure As Non-Permanent Member

It asks the UN peacekeepers to coordinate with a 5,000-strong force from five African nations including Mali that will be fighting the growing threat from extremists in the vast Sahel region and with a 4,000-member French force fighting extremists in the five countries. Also Read - Germany Leaves UN Security Council, Chinese Envoy Says, 'Out of the Bottom of My Heart: Good Riddance'

A French-led intervention drove out Islamic extremists from strongholds in northern Mali in 2013 but sporadic attacks continue to target UN and French troops. (AP) SG

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