Cameron and Hollande Meet in Paris to Discuss Terrorism Fight

Cameron visits Bataclan with HollandeFrench President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron have visited the
concert venue in central Paris, which saw the worst carnage of the attacks that killed 130 people.

Hollande and Cameron were meeting Monday in Paris as the French leader presses for a stronger international coalition against Islamic State. He is headed to Washington and Moscow later in the week.

The decision to head to the Bataclan was not announced in advance and came amid tight security in both Paris and Brussels, home to many of the men identified as suspects in the Nov. 13 attack.

The two leaders went on to have talks at the Elysee Palace at which Hollande told Cameron of his plans for an international coalition to crush Islamic State (IS) after the jihadist group claimed responsibility for the Paris carnage. the Prime Minister said he would set out his “comprehensive strategy” for dealing with IS in Parliament later this week.

“The United Kingdom will do all in our power to support our friend and ally France to defeat this evil death cult,” he said. Cameron has offered the use of a British air base in Cyprus for anti-IS actions in Syria.

Speaking in Paris on Monday after meeting French President Francois Hollande, Cameron said the two leaders agreed to increase counterterrorism cooperation after the attacks. He called for greater European Union-wide efforts to share intelligence to stop extremists.

President Francois Hollande said France would intensify its strikes against the so-called Islamic State group in Syria. “We will intensify our strikes, choosing targets that will do the most damage possible to this army of terrorists,” said Mr Hollande.

Brussels remained on high alert on Monday over fears of a similar attack by Isis. Schools, universities and the metro system remained closed and some workers had been advised to stay at home while key suspects remained at large.

The UN Security Council called on all “able states” to join the fight against so-called Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq and redouble their efforts to prevent further attacks by the group.

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday, drafted by France in the wake of the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people.

US President Barack Obama has pointed to an “increasing awareness” by Russian president Vladimir Putin of the need to eradicate the threat from IS as efforts continued to forge a co-ordinated response.

The US president also urged leaders “to send a signal that the viciousness of a handful of killers does not stop the world from doing vital business”

 

 

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