BERLIN (Sputnik) – The issue of increasing military presence in Syria was not discussed at an informal meeting of the US, UK, German, French and Italian leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday.
On Sunday, US President Barack Obama arrived in Germany for bilateral talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The chancellor used the occasion to invite the four European leaders in Hannover to discuss major international issues on Monday.
"We haven't discussed this in this sense," Merkel told reporters after the talks at German Hannover's Herrenhausen Palace.
"I think it is clear that everyone should take part [in the conflict settlement], but the major emphasis today was put on the political solution and on how to move in this direction," the German chancellor added.
"We have talked about it [the fight against IS] in relation to Iraq and Syria, we will continue to closely coordinate our actions, Germany is also involved in this process," Merkel said.
The US-led coalition of over 60 nations has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against Daesh since 2014.