French Foreign Ministry urges Washington to continue fighting “ISIS”

Selava Omar –

French Foreign Minister “Jan iv Lo Drian” stressed the need to continue the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria during his first phone call with his U.S. counterpart “Anthony Blinken”.

“It is important to continue joint efforts to combat terrorism” in the Middle East, as well as in the Sahel, he said.

And former U.S. President Donald Trump has reduced U.S. military presence in Iraq to 2,500 ahead of the inauguration of his successor, Joe Biden.

France fears that ISIS will strengthen its forces in Iraq and Syria, which is involved in the fight against it in a Washington-led international coalition.

And “Blinken”, for his part, highlighted his country’s desire to “continue to cooperate closely” with France in the fight against terrorists in the Sahel, without further explanation.

The U.S. military provides the French Operation” Brekhan” in the Sahel with significant intelligence support, particularly with drones, air refueling and logistical transfers.

And at the beginning of 2020, the Trump administration has expressed its intention to reduce military presence in Africa, raising France’s fear of reducing U.S. support in the region.

The two foreign ministers also spoke of “the need for close coordination to deal with the Iranian crisis.”

And the new U.S. administration has expressed its willingness to return to the Iran nuclear deal on condition that Tehran first recommit to its reinstatement commitments.

Translated by : khoshbin sheikho.

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