By the Associated Press
French President Emmanuel Macron is committing to continue the fight against the militant Islamic State group, including through France’s military presence in the Middle East.
Macron said during a Cabinet meeting on Monday that he also condemns Iran’s “aggressive intentions” and its decision to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal. That’s according to government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye. She said the French leader called for a de-escalation of tensions over recent events, including the US airstrike that killed Iran’s top military commander last week in Baghdad.
France has over 1,000 troops involved in the military operation against the IS group in Iraq and Syria.
In a phone call with President Donald Trump on Sunday, Macron expressed his “full solidarity” with the US-led coalition in Iraq and France’s determination to work with partners to ease tensions. Iraq’s parliament on Sunday called for US troops in the country to leave.