WASHINGTON (AP) — French President Francois Hollande says that in a meeting with President Barack Obama the two decided to scale up their efforts in Syria and Iraq.
Hollande says the two countries will strengthen their intelligence-sharing regarding targets.
Obama says the United States will do even more to prevent attacks at home and that there is a growing recognition after the Paris attacks that European countries need to ramp up efforts to stop the flow of terrorists.
Obama says Russia’s airstrikes against moderate opposition groups in Syria are bolstering the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
He’s calling on Russia to play a more constructive role by shifting the focus of its airstrikes to defeating the Islamic State.
Obama spoke at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande after the two met to discuss the global response to the Islamic State group
Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country is targeting the Islamic State militants. But the U.S. contends Moscow is going after rebels fighting Assad, a Kremlin ally whom the U.S. wants pushed out.
Obama added that the best way to bring peace to Syria is to support a cease fire and a political transition away from Assad.