Tuesday, 18 May 2021 11:18 GMT

Hollande Putin Meet to Discuss Broad Coalition against 'Common Enemy'

(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) This month’s deadly terror attacks in Paris and the downing of the Russian passenger plane in Egypt highlight the need for Moscow and Paris to join forces in the fight against terrorism Russian President VladimirPutinhas said.

"You're paying big attention and putting a lot of efforts into the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition" TASS quotedPutinas saying at the start of his meeting with his French counterpart FrancoisHollandeHollande in the Kremlin on Thursday.

TheIslamic Stategroup has claimed responsibility for the bringing down a Russian Airbus A321 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on October 31 and the multiple deadly attacks in Paris on November 13.

"What's more we think this coalition is absolutely necessary and that's where our positions are the same"Putinsaid.

Hollandealso said that a broad and strong counter-terrorism coalition should be formed to defeat a 'common enemy'.

“I have come here so that we could find a solution and move together on this path effectively fighting the common enemy and searching for political solutions to settle the situation in Syria" the French President said at the start of his talks withPutin according to TASS.

Hollande’s talks in Moscow are the latest push in his diplomatic offensive aimed at forming agrand coalitionagainst the organisationof Islamic militants who control parts of Iraq and Syria.

Hollandeheld talks in Washington withU.S.President Barack Obama on combating theIslamic Stategroup earlier this week. He also held separate talks in Paris this week with the leaders of Germany Britain and Italy.

In Washington Obama andHollandepledgedto intensify airstrikes against theIslamic Stategroup and increase the sharing of intelligence information.

The talks betweenHollandeandPutintake place against a backdrop of diplomatic tensions betweenRussiaandTurkeyover Tuesday’s downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish Air Force jet.

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