Obama, Hollande meet under cloud of ISIS attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama said that he and French President Francois Hollande agreed in a White House meeting Tuesday that Russia could help in the fight against ISIS if it changed the focus of its military activities in Syria.
“Russia could play a more constructive role if it shifts the focus of its strikes to defeating ISIS,” Obama said in a press conference with Hollande, who has called for more cooperation between world powers in battling the terror group after the recent attacks in Paris.
He also said the U.S. and France were sharing intelligence information to help France coordinate its strikes on ISIS, and he called for more to be done to stop the flow of foreign fighters. ISIS, he said, “is a scourge that threatens all of us.”
President Obama also declared that ISIS “cannot be tolerated. It must be destroyed. And we must do it together.” “The United States and France stand united,” Obama told Hollande as the two men stood side by side at the White House. “We’ll deliver justice to these terrorists and those who sent them.”