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French Lawmaker Hopes Paris to Support Russia-Proposed Anti-ISIL Coalition

© AFP 2021 / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDAn aerial view taken on January 11, 2015 shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris
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Thierry Mariani underscored that Europe and Russia shared ISIL as a common enemy in the Middle East.

Combat jet fighter Sukhoi 24 aircraft - Sputnik International
French MP Praises Putin’s 'Great Idea' to Create Coalition With Syria, Iran
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — French National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee member Thierry Mariani told Sputnik on Thursday that he hopes Paris will support the Russian initiative to create a broader coalition to counter the Islamic State extremist group.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged to create the broad UN-mandated coalition to stop ISIL offensive in Syria in cooperation with Damascus.

"It is too early to say if French government will change its position in regard to participating in the coalition proposed by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin… I hope that the French government… supports the coalition," Mariani said.

Mariani stressed that Europe, with Russia, shares ISIL as a common enemy in the Middle East.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since March 2011. Government forces have been fighting so-called "moderate" opposition factions and extremist groups, including the Islamic State and the Nusra Front.

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Syrian Ambassador to India Welcomes Russia's Anti-ISIL Air Campaign
France is participating in a US-led coalition which has been bombing ISIL targets in Syria since 2014. The wide ranging US-led incursion was initiated without the approval of either the UN Security Council or Damascus.

On Wednesday, the Russian parliament backed Putin’s request to conduct airstrikes against ISIL in Syria, following an appeal by Damascus. The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that it has since carried out 20 missions in Syria, striking at least eight Islamic State targets.

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