Speaking with news agency TT, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said the UN asked Sweden if it could supply troops dealing with intelligence and information gathering. "We want to answer it in a positive way," Bildt said.
The government has asked the Swedish Armed Forces to prepare a force focused on intelligence operations. Most likely soldiers from the intelligence battalion at K3 in Karlsborg will take part in any operations.
Bildt told TT that he has informed Parliament's advisory council on foreign affairs about the plans. Send a force to Mali would requires a decision by parliament and the government is working on a bill to be presented in the spring.
Bildt added that it may be necessary to send "a few hundred" non-combat troops, who may require a protection force while in Mali.
"We need to have some better data before we can put forth a bill," said Bildt.
According to Swedish Radio News, the troops could be stationed in the northern town of Timbuktu.
There are also reportedly discussions about sending some 50 special forces troops in about four months to the Central African Republic, which has seen sectarian violence and unrest kill thousands. The Swedish troops could possibly work alongside servicemen from the Baltic countries and Finland, Swedish Radio News reported.