French discussing with Turks how to act over Kobane: Minister

AFP , Tuesday 7 Oct 2014

France said on Tuesday that everything needed to be done to stop Islamic State's advance on the besieged northern Syrian border town of Kobane and that it was discussing with Turkey what action was necessary.

"A tragedy is unfolding, and we must all react," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told lawmakers. "For Kobane, we are mobilising."

Fabius said he had already spoken to his Turkish counterpart and that French President Francois Hollande would speak to the Turkish president later on Tuesday "to see how to react in face of the urgent situation".

"We are also reinforcing our own cooperation with the forces that are fighting Islamic State," Fabius added without specifying if he meant Kurdish forces.

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