(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Massoum on Saturday stressed the need to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The two leaders stressed the dire need for an effective coordination of the international efforts seeking to restore security to Iraq, said a French presidential statement after talks in Paris today between Hollande and Massoum.
It added that Massoum expressed support to an initiative by Hollande to hold an international conferen on security in Iraq to discuss means of countering terrorist groups there.
For his part, Hollande said that organizing the event in the near future gives it great importance, saying that Paris and Baghdad will work together to let all "effective parties" be brought together.
Hollande told Le Monde two days earlier that he would call for an international conference on the situation in Iraq.
France said last week it would supply Iraqi Kurdistan with advanced weapons, responding to a Kurdish request, to counter the ISIL.