Hollande to visit US, Russia to deepen anti-DAESH coalition

French President Francois Hollande announces he will visit both US and Russia next week in order to discuss ways to defeat DAESH terrorist group following Paris attacks

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French President Francois Hollande is seen at the Elysee Palace in Paris after a security meeting, on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France.

Updated Nov 22, 2015

French President Francois Hollande has announced that he will visit both the US and Russian capitals next week in order to discuss ways to "decisively" defeat the DAESH terrorist organisation with an enlarged allied effort following the deadly Paris attacks.

Hollande said he plans to speak with his American and Russian counterparts to develop "a large coalition," strengthening the anti-DAESH alliance, in a speech made during a gathering of French mayors on Wednesday afternoon following a police raid in the northern Paris suburb of Saint Denis in the morning.

Two suspects killed during an exchange of gunfire during the raid in which a woman reportedly detonated an explosive vest as French special forces raided an apartment in the Paris suburbs, targeting suspects believed to be linked to the Friday night attacks in Paris.

DAESH terrorists targeted six different locations in Paris last Friday night, killing at least 129 people and injuring more than 300 others.

"These barbarians, in their blind violence, attacked the French people in all its diversity. We are at war against terrorism, terrorism which declared war on us. It has an army. It has financial resources. It has oil. It has a territory. It has allies in Europe, including in our country," Hollande said to the mayors.

"Their attacks bloodied Paris and St.-Denis, but it is the entire country that has been attacked," he added.

US and French leaders will "consult and coordinate our efforts to assist France’s investigations into the attacks, and discuss further coordination as part of the 65-member counter-ISIL [DAESH] coalition," a White House statement recounted on the planned meeting which will take place on Nov. 24 in the Oval Office of President Obama.

Hollande will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow two days after his meeting with Obama according to media reports.

Hollande described the Paris attacks as "an act of war" on Nov. 14, saying that "Faced with war the country must make the appropriate decisions. It is an act of war that was prepared, organised, planned outside the country with inside complicity that the investigation will establish."

"France, because it was attacked in a cowardly, shameful and violent way, will be merciless toward the ISIL [DAESH] barbarians. It will act using all means according to the rule of law, in all terrains - interior and exterior - in accordance with our allies," he added.

French warplanes have struck the DAESH's self-proclaimed capital in Syria, the city of Raqqa, several times since the Paris attacks in response to the deadly Paris attacks claimed by the terrorist group.


TRTWorld and agencies