Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper listens as Chairman of the African Union and Benin's President Thomas Yayi Boni speaks during a meeting in Harper's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Prime Minister Stephen Harper ruled out any direct Canadian military involvement in an African-led mission in Mali.
But he said the Conservative government is weighing other options to help Malian troops roust Islamist terrorist who have taken hold of the West African country's northern regions.
"We're providing humanitarian aid to this region, which is important, and we are consulting with and working with and will continue diplomatically with our allies in the West and obviously with our friends in Africa on ways we can be of assistance," Harper said Tuesday during a joint news conference with Beninese President Thomas Boni Yayi, the head of the African Union.