France hopes Iran, Arabs help to cope with ISIL threat

France hopes Iran, Arabs help to cope with ISIL threat
Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:10:35

France says it plans to bring together Iran, Arab governments and the world powers to coordinate a comprehensive response to the threat of Takfiri militants in Syria and Iraq.

“In our minds and we hope that it will be possible... we want not only all the regional countries, including Arab states and Iran, but the five members of the [UN] Security Council, also to join this action,” France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French parliamentarians on Wednesday.

The top French diplomat also warned that the terrorist group has ambitions to expand its domination beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria, saying, "Today, it's Iraq... [and] the whole of the region. And beyond that region, there's obviously Europe."

“The president (Francois Hollande) wants an international conference. We have to see with different partners how we can face them in terms of intelligence and military dispositions,” Fabius stated.

A diplomatic source has said that the conference may be held in Paris in September.

The ISIL terrorist group has seized some parts in both Iraq and Syria. The group, which controls parts of Syria, sent its fighters into neighboring Iraq in June and quickly seized large swathes of territory straddling the border between the two countries.

In their latest horrifying act of violence, the ISIL terrorist group released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a US journalist kidnapped in Syria.


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