MOSCOW, November 5 (RIA Novosti) — The United States wishes to cooperate with Russia in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants, acting head of the Federation Council's Foreign Affairs committee Vladimir Dzhabarov said Wednesday following the Council's meeting with US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft.
According to Dzhabarov, Tefft told Russian senators that the United States expects further cooperation with Russia in the fight against the IS. "We agreed and noted that it is necessary to more actively involve the secular states of the Arab world in the fight against Islamist terrorism," Dzhabarov said.
The meeting was initiated by the US ambassador, Dzhabarov said, adding that Tefft "expressed a wish to continue holding such meetings in the future".
The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012 and extended its attacks to Iraq in June. The United States and a number of its allies are currently carrying out airstrikes against IS targets in both countries.