Italy will not support France's military mission in Mali, outgoing prime minister Mario Monti said Monday, retracting an earlier offer to provide logistical help, dpa reported.
The three political parties that supported Monti's technocratic government over the past 14 months have proven unwilling to back a military engagement ahead of February elections, Monti said.
"They told us 'no' or they were very cautious," Monti told broadcaster La7. "We do not have the necessary parliamentary support of the three parties to authorize the government to do this."
Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, speaking at an event organized in Rome by the French embassy, said helping out in Mali would be "a priority" for the next parliament.