Obama, Hollande pledge to boost cooperation against terrorism

Washington : US President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande renewed pledges between their governments and with their allies to fight terrorism, both abroad and at home.

According to a statement by the White House, Obama also briefed Hollande over the phone about the San Bernardino shootings and on the behalf of the American people, accepted his condolences for the loss of life in the attack.

The French President was also told in detail about the steps taken by the US intelligence and the law enforcement agencies to investigate into the tragic incident.

“The two leaders pledged continued cooperation between our two governments and with those of our allies and friends to fight terrorism, both abroad and at home. President Obama and President Hollande also discussed progress being made at the COP21 climate conference in Paris and agreed to continue to stay in close touch as the conference continues,” the statement added.

President Obama will address the nation today from the Oval Office about his government’s highest priority at the moment which is ‘keeping American people safe. The White House said that the President will provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the attack in San Bernardino

“He will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism -including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it,” the statement said. Obama will reiterate his conviction to obliterate the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIS) and will remind Americans to remain firm on their values of ‘unwavering commitment to justice, equality, and freedom’ in order to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a ‘destructive ideology’.