Hollande and Iran's Rouhani discuss Syria

2015-11-17 13:18
French President Francois Hollande.(Etienne Laurent, AP)

French President Francois Hollande.(Etienne Laurent, AP)

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Paris - French President Francois Hollande and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani discussed the war in Syria by telephone on Tuesday, in the wake of a devastating attack on Paris by ISIS jihadists.

The two leaders highlighted the importance of the Vienna process to end the nearly five-year war, after global diplomats on Saturday agreed on a fixed calendar for Syria to move towards elections in 18 months.

A French official says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday to express his condolences in the wake of Paris attacks.

Rouhani pointed the "crucial importance to fight against terrorism and Daesh with all our might", the official says, speaking anonymously in line with government policy.

Both presidents agreed to quickly reschedule a visit by Rouhani to France.

Rouhani had planned to come for a two-day visit on Monday and Tuesday, but cancelled following the attacks.


Read more on:    francois hollande  |  hassan rouhani  |  syria  |  france  |  paris under attack

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