Hollande Actively Seeks Support of West, Russia in Fight Against IS

World | November 24, 2015, Tuesday // 10:00|  views

French president Francois Hollande (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) shake hands after issuing a joint statement after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 23 November 2015. Photo: EPA

French President Francois Hollande is actively seeking support from both his Euro-Atlantic allies and Russia in the fight against Islamic State (IS) in response to the deadly attacks in Paris on November 13 which claimed the lives of at least 130 people and left hundreds injured.

Hollande is scheduled to meet his US counterpart Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday just a day after having hosted British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

On Monday, Cameron vowed to provide new assistance to Paris in the French airstrikes against IS targets in Syria, which have intensified in the aftermath of the deadly attacks in Paris.

The British prime minister also pledged to ask the British Parliament for approval to join the fight against the extremist militants.

Cameron also offered to provide a British airbase in Cyprus for use by French fighter jets from where to conduct their airstrikes.

On Tuesday, Hollande is expected to ask the US president to commit more assets in the fight against IS, the Voice of America reports.

France moved its only aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle into position in the Mediterranean on Monday.

At their meeting on Tuesday, Obama is expected to express support and solidarity to France.

The two leaders are also expected to highlight the need to strengthen the trans-Atlantic relationship.

Later in the week, Hollande will travel to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Russian airstrikes in Syria have been criticized by the West for targeting mainly rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rather than IS.

Moscow intensified the airstrikes after it became clear that the Russian aircraft in Egypt's Sinai peninsula had been brought down by a bomb.

IS has claimed responsibility for both bringing down the Kogalymavia airplane and the attacks in Paris.

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