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Cameron says Britain should strike Islamic State armed group in Syria

French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday.
French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

British Prime minister David Cameron supported French President Francois Hollande’s decision to strike the Islamic State Armed Group. “I firmly support the action President Hollande has taken to strike ISIL in Syria. It's my firm conviction that Britain should do so too,” Cameron said during his visit to Paris on Monday.

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Cameron, who is believed to be considering a fresh attempt to secure parliamentary approval to launch British air strikes on IS targets in Syria, offered France use of British airbase in Cyprus.

“Today I've offered President Hollande the use of RAF Akrotiri for French aircraft engaged in counter-ISIL operations and additional assistance with air-to-air refuelling,” he said.

Earlier, the two leaders laid a wreath at the Bataclan concert hall where 90 people were killed by jihadists on November 13.

Cameron tweeted that he had stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Hollande at the venue.

The two leaders went on to have talks at the Elysee Palace.

Speaking after their discussions, President Hollande said France would intensify its strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.

“We will intensify our strikes, choosing targets that will do the most damage possible to this army of terrorists,” Hollande said.
 

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