tv President Obama Joint News Conference with French President Francois... CSPAN November 24, 2015 8:00pm-9:03pm EST
example, world war ii, when we announcer: tonight, president obama and president hollande had a briefing in the white house. and chris christie discusses foreign policy and national security. announcer: french president hollande was in washington 10 today for a meeting -- washington today for a meeting with president obama at the white house. an hour.
president obama: president hollande, it has been an honor to welcome you to the white house before in happier times than this but, as americans, we stand by our friends in good times and in bad no matter what. on behalf of the american people, i want to once again express our deepest condolences to you and all of the people of france for the heinous attacks that took place in paris. we are here today to declare that the united states and france stand united in total solidarity to deliver justice to these terrorists and those who sent them and to defend our nation's. in that spirit, with heavy but strong hearts, i welcome you here today. francois, with your understanding, my statement will be longer than usual. i have been traveling and this is an important moment for our nations and for the world. this barbaric terrorist group, isl or daesh, and his murderous ideology poses a serious threat to all of us.
it cannot be tolerated. it must be destroyed. and we must do it together. this is the unity of purpose that brings us here today. on your visit here last year, you said the french love america. we love the french. sometimes, we americans are two -- too shy to say so but we don't feel shy today. we americans love france because we dedicate ourselves to the same ideals, that all people deserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. france is our oldest ally. you helped us win our independence. we helped liberate france from fascism. we owe our freedom to each other. we love france for your spirit and your culture j and youroie
de vivre.ie since the attacks, americans have recalled their own visits to paris at the eiffel tower walking along the sein and we know these placese, these are part of our memories woven into the fabric of our lives and our culture. i am very grateful to the french people for the hospitality they have always shown me. when they walked with michelle welcomedenthe they michelle and my daughters to the first visit of the city of lights. from my bed in the residence is a picture of me and michelle in luxembourg gardens kissing. [laughter] those are the memories we have a of paris as early on i had no gray hair. when tragedy struck that evening, our hearts broke, too. in that stadium, in the concert hall, in those restaurants and cafes we see our own.
in the face of the french people, we see ourselves that's why so many americans have embraced the blue, white, and red and that's why americans held candlelight vigils and have come together to sing la marseillaise how the french we remember how the french after 9/11 and today we stand with you. [speaking french] it's been noted that the terrorists did not direct their attacks against the french government or military, rather they focused their violence on the very spirit of france. by extension, and all liberal democracies. this was an attack on our free and open societies. where people come together to celebrate and sing and compete
and targeting venues where people come together from around the world, killing citizens of nearly 20 countries including america, this was an attack on the very idea that people of different races and religions and backgrounds can live together in peace. in short, this was not only a strike against one of the world's greatest cities. it was an attack against the world itself, the same madness that has slaughtered the innocent from nigeria to the sinai, from lebanon to iraq. it is a scourge that threatens all of us and that's why, for more than a year, united states, france, and our coalition of some 65 nations have been united in one mission -- to destroy these terrorists and defeat their vile ideology. today, president hollandee and i i president hollande and
reviewed our progress. we have airstrikes combined with local partners on the ground have pushed isl back from territory in iraq and syria. today, president hollande and i agree we must do more together. u.s. assistance has supported recent french strikes in syria and we will keep stepping up that coordination. as we saw with the attack in mali, the terrorist threat goes beyond isl i. will sign isil.ond we will sign legislation this week to sustain our support including airlift and intelligence to allies like france as we work together to root out terrorists networks in africa.
we will do even more to prevent attacks at home. we will build in a recent intelligence agreement come of the unite states will quickly share threat information with france and in the wake of harris and with the threats in belgium, there is a growing recognition among european nations that they need to ramp up additional efforts to prevent the flow of foreign terrorist fighters. as part of that, i am calling on the european union to finally implement the agreement that has been long in the works that would require airlines to share passenger information so we can do more to stop foreign terrorist fires -- fighters from entering our countries undetected. i'm prepared to send teams of our experts to work on this with our european partners to make sure we redouble our efforts together. regarding the broader crisis in syria -- president holland and i agree that the russian strikes against the moderate opposition only bolsters the brutality that has fueled the rise of isis we agree that russia could play more constructive role. if it were to shift the focus of
its strikes to defeating isil. likewise, president hollande and i agree the best way to bring peace to syria's through the principles reaffirmed in vienna which require active russian support for a cease-fire and a political transition away from assad to a democratically elected government that can unite the syrian people against terrorists. finally, fran and i understand himancoi -- and i understand one of our greatest weapons in the fight againstois isl is the strength and resilience of our people.
i want to speak directly to the american people. what happened in paris is truly horrific. i understand that people worry that something similar could happen here. i want you to know that we will continue to do everything in our power to defend our nation. since 9/11, we have taken extraordinary measures to strengthen our homeland security. our counterterrorism, homeland security, and law enforcement professionals, federal, state, and local our tireless. they have prevented attacks and they have saved lives. they are working every hour, every day for our security. they did so before paris. they do so now and they will not stop. they are the best in the world. it's not just our security professionals who will defeat isl and other terrorist groups. as americans, we all have a role to play in how we respond to threats. groups like isl cannot defeat us on the battlefield, they try to terrorize us at home against soft targets come against civilians, innocent people. even as we are vigilant, we cannot and we will not succumb to fear. nor can we allow fear to divide us. that's how terrorists win.
we cannot give them the victory of changing how we go about living our lives. the good news is americans are resilient. we mourned the lives lost in fort hood, the boston marathon, in chattanooga but we did not waver. in our communities have come together and we have gone to ball games and going to concerts and gone shopping and men and women who want to serve our country continue to go to military recruiting offices. we are vigilant, we take precautions, but we go about our business. for those who want to harm us, or actions have shown that we have too much resolve and too much character.
americans will not be terrorized. i say all this because another part of being vigilant, another part of defeating terrorists is upholding the rights and freedoms that define our two great republics. that includes freedom of religion. that includes equality before the law. there have been times in our history, in moments of fear, when we have failed to uphold our highest ideals. and it has been to our lasting regret. we must uphold our ideals now. each of us, all of us, must show that america is strengthened by people of every faith and every background. related to this, i want to note that oz debts that under
president hollande, france intends to welcome 30,000 more syrian refugees over the next two years. in the united states, refugees coming to america go through up to two years of intense security checks including biometric screening. nobody who sets foot in america goes for more screening than refugees. we are prepared to share these tools with france and our european partners. as francois said, our humanitarian duty to help refugees in her duty to -- and our duty to our security, those duties go hand-in-hand. on the statue of liberty, a gift from the people of france, there are words we know so well. "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free." that's the spirit that makes us americans. that's the spirit that binds us
to france. that's the spirit we need today. in closing, i want to salute the people of paris for showing the world how to stay strong in the face of terrorism. even as they grieve, people have begun returning to their cafes and riding the metro and going to stadiums to cheer for their teams. crowds have tattered -- have gathered including a mother who brought her children. she said, to let them see we should not be afraid. as one parisian said, paris will always be paris. next week, i will be joining president hollande and world leaders in paris for the global climate conference. what a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the
world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children. a so, president hollande, my for fellow americans, let's remember we face greater threats to where we have like before. -- to our way of life before. fascism, communism, a first world war, a second, a long cold war. each and every time, we prevailed. we have prevailed because our way of life is stronger. because we stay united. because even as we are relentless in the face of evil, we draw on what's best in ourselves and in the character of our countries. it will be no different this time. make no mistake -- we will win and groups like isl will lose. standing with allies like
france, we will continue to show the world the best of american leadership. viva la france and god bless the united states of america. mr. president -- pres. hollande: ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to thank the president of the united states, barack obama, for the solidarity he has shown immediately as we found out about the terror attacks. he was the first one to call me. it was very late in france, 2:00 a.m., when he called. the president of the united states. he expresses solidarity toward france and his emotions and his compassion.
him on that night, he meant to tell me that united states stood by france. that the help that could be provided to france would have no limit on that we had a duty, a joint duty, to pull our forces together and fight terrorism. him i do not forget either all of the american people -- who sent messages over the last couple of days. the french colors, the french flags, all of them in many gatherings, they let candles and places that represent france here in the united states. our national anthem was sung in official ceremonies. it is true that 9/11, we all
felt american. but after the 13th of november, americans felt french. our two peoples together emerged as one, sharing the same emotions and also the same willingness to fight for freedom and defend their values. we are not too similar peoples, we have our own culture, our own background. we share the same trust, the same faith and freedom. -- faith in freedom. it is france that came under attack on the 13th of november. friends, for what it is, -- france, for what it is the , country which we consider unique in the world because
france [indiscernible] [inaudible] the world. france came under attack for what it represents, for what it stands for, its culture, our way of living as well as our values, our principles but by targeting france, the terrorists, the murderers are targeting the world. in these cafes and restaurants as well as the concert venue, there were men and women, most of them young who came from 20 countries at least. and they shared the same passion for life and is the reason why they were murdered. my thoughts are with the friends and family of the un-american -- of the young american student who came as well to share a
moment of culture. my thoughts also go to the american band that was playing at the concert that night. all culture on that occasion were together to bring the same enthusiasm and they were hit i terrorists. -- by terrorists. the terror group organized itself on the territory and they have substantial resources. they are thriving on smuggling, drugs, oil, human beings. since the beginning of the year, they hit many countries, denmark
, tunisia, lebanon, kuwait, turkey, egypt as well as russia. by taking down the russian plane. together with president obama, today, we want on the occasion of that meeting first of all to share, share our determination and present our determination to fight terrorism everywhere and anywhere. we want to tell the world that we will not allow those who want to destroy what we have built, we will not allow them to do it, to destroy what generation after generation, we will not bow to them in the world. we need a joint response, and implacable response. france and the united states spend together that joint response. militarily, it is about not where they are, it is about
-- militarily, it is about esh wherever they are. it is about taking out their finances, hunting down their leaders, dismantling their network. and taking back the land they currently control. we therefore decided, president obama and myself, to scale up our efforts in syria and iraq to broaden the scope, to strengthen our intelligence sharing regarding the targets we might aim at. the priority is to take back key locations in the hands of those in syria and it's a matter of urgency to close the borders between turkey and syria and prevent terrorists from crossing the border and coming to europe or other places and to commit terrible attacks. we will work together with our partners in iraq and support all of those who are fighting on the ground.
the aim is to make sure these forces can be supported, helped, by countries that are willing to act militarily to destroy daesh. the meeting of the security council met unanimously friday. after being introduced by france and supported by the united states, they provided a clear basis to act. this is what france is currently doing. our our crap carrier is -- our aircraft carrier is truly an east of the mediterranean. yesterday was the sixth time after the terror attacks [indiscernible] in addition, we have been provided assistance into iraq he fighters in the region of ramadi.
president obama and myself have strengthened our cooperation as early as the night after the attacks. i would like to commend everything that is being done so that intelligence and information available can be used to tackle terrorists and follow their movements so that we prevent from them from doing what they want to do. beyond syria and iraq, what they want is somehow to spread fear everywhere so that we doubt, so that we make decisions which are exactly contrary to what we want in terms of freedom and rights. but we will not give in. that being said, we have to
defend ourselves and use intelligence. diplomatically, we are working on political transition in syria. we are in the process and i commend the work done by the ministers to agree to a timeline that will enable a cease-fire as quickly as possible and to open up the process that will lead to assad's departure. we cannot imagine the syrians gathering around the leader who is responsible for 300,000 deaths in a few years. a complement of unity is required but that must lead to assad's departure. the syrian crisis is directly relevant to europe. also because there are millions of refugees fleeing the regime's bombs and atrocities.
if we were to bomb them, we would betray what we are. the reason why i reject identifying migration and terror. the same time, we must enforce the borders. today, people are risking their lives to flee when they travel between turkey and greece. turkey, therefore, plays an important role and it is together with turkey that we must find solidarity with refugees so they can stay close to their country of origin and we need to make sure that the
required controls and checks are implemented at the borders. i will be traveling to moscow to meet with vladimir putin and i will tell him that france can work together with russia if russia concentrates its military action ondaesh. action onlitary daesh. if russia fully commits to the political position in syria, this is what we want to do. we want to gather all countries, all those who are willing to find a political solution in syria. we don't want to exclude anyone but we want to make sure that the political solution can eradicate terrorism. lastly, next week, on monday, we will be hosting in paris the
climate conference. i certainly could not imagine that the conference would be taking place against such a background. at the same time, it cannot be a better symbol for response but to hold a conference in paris where the attacks took place, where we took the right measures in terms of security, protections and defending our values. there is no greater symbol than holding this conference on climate in paris with some 150 heads of state and government. never before did france host so many leaders of the international community. they are coming to sort out the climate challenge and to work and find the right agreements so we can limit greenhouse gas
emissions and make sure our children and our grandchildren live better or simply can live. but they are also coming to express their support to freedom, to the fight against extremism. radical islam is becoming dangerous. yes, all of them are coming no matter their background, no matter their religion, their convictions to express the same values and principles with the same words, life. yes, simply life. and the reason why -- and that's the reason why president obama will allow us to succeed.
i commend his recent statements for the past few weeks and moments but i also commend the commitment he has made in the name of the united states and in the name of the world. it was very important that one of the most powerful countries in the world if not the most powerful and therefore with the highest level of emissions. could also be there to face the future like we have been facing history. what we will be doing early next week in paris means that we can continue to live as well as protect our lives and that of all children. france and the united states, given their history, and their
founding values of both our nations, we both have that duty to act as a matter of urgency. urgency against terrorism and at the same time, to prepare for the future. against that background, even though it is a very dire one, i am pleased to be with barack obama to send that message to the entire world, thank you. president obama: we have time for a few questions. >> this is a question for both of you. what is your reaction to turkey shooting down a russian plane today? and as the strong nato into a -- and does this to draw nato into a confrontation with russia? how do you keep this from spiraling out of control? president obama, what does this
mean for the prospect of more military coordination with russia? and president hollande, what are the prospects for closer military coordination with russia, given what happened today? president obama: first of all, we are still getting the details of what happened. i expect to be in communications, potentially directly, with the president in the next several days. turkey, like every country, has a right to defend is territory and its airspace. i think it is very important right now for us to make sure both the russians and the turks are talking to each other. find out exactly what happened, and take measures to discourage any type of escalation. i do think that this points to an ongoing problem with the russian operations.
in the sense that they are operating very closely to a turkish border and they are going after moderate opposition that are supported by not only turkey but a wide range of countries. if russia is directing his energies toward isil, some of those conflicts or potentials for mistakes and escalation are less likely to occur. and because underscores the point of us making sure that we move this political track forward as quickly as possible. like president francois hollande, our view from the start has been that russia is welcome to be part of this broad-based coalition that we have set up. there has never been a point in time in which we sat that we do not want russia or other
countries that may have differences with us on a host of other things to avoid working with us against isil. the challenge has been russia's focus on propping up for cheryl assad rather than focusing on isil. a upssadng up a rather than focusing on isil. i had a conversation with president putin in turkey as i indicated to him at the time, that to the extent they make that strategic shift, focus on the vienna process where they had been instructed to bring the parties together, to try to execute a political transition, that all parties would agree to, and retirement this -- and refocus attention on going after isil, then there is enormous capacity for us to cooperate. until that happens, it is very difficult.
it is difficult because it is their priority to attack the moderate opposition that might be future members of an inclusive syrian government. russia is not going to get the support from us or a range of other members of the coalition. i do think that there is the possibility for operations. the sooner we agree to this political process, the less likely you have the kinds of events that took place, apparently, today. president hollande: the event that took place is a serious one and we can only regretted. turkey is currently providing all of the information to nato
so that we can find out what truly happened, and whether turkey's airspace indeed was entered into. we must prevent an escalation in that would be extremely damaging. the only purpose is to fight against terrorism. this is what we must do, all of us. we, turkey, russia, and what took place like that, means that we must find solutions to the syrian conflict because we can see what the risks are other way. otherwise, we can see what the risks are, the risks of escalation. i therefore will be traveling to russia this week because we have this resolution of the security
council. it does show that we must take action against terrorism. that has been voted unanimously. and the broadest possible coalition. then i will ask president putin, what i have told them a number of times already. to stand strong against isis, against terrorism. those who are threatening us, they are threatening the russians. like france that was targeted over the last few days, we must coordinate ourselves, cooperate. we're all acting against isis and we are part of the political process, one that must lead to this.
and we all know what the outcomes of the solution art moore or not. -- what the parameters of the solution are or are not. the charles de gaulle aircraft carrier is in the southern mediterranean. there are also some russian forces, and are agreed that we must share our intelligence, so we can act in coordination. we must not keep it to ourselves. it is already the case and we will continue to do so. >> mr. president, the americans have some special forces in syria, beyond the words of what is happening. are you going to send some special forces to syria? you going to do some ground intervention there? beyond the emotion that we can
feel here, beyond these beautiful statements, for more than a year we have heard all of you saying that this is necessary in syria. can you in here, in front of us, tell us a specific date for a time to go? president hollande: i will not provide you with a date. because it may be as soon as possible. that is one of the requirements.
but at the same time let me to underline something. there is a new mindset now. the crisis in syria has been ongoing for four years. four years. there are probably more than 300,000 deaths. and this is not just relevant to the countries of the region who are hosting the refugees, it is relevant to the rest of the world now. and those who believe that we could wait some more, and that in any case it is far away, these are lies. we have an influx of refugees that the terrorists, the risk is everywhere. we must therefore act. you also asked me what we were going to do, what more we were going to do.
we will intensify the strikes. we will have more specific targets to make sure that the resources and supplies are cut off. including command centers, the trucks carrying oil, their trading centers where they plan terror attacks. we will continue and we will put our strikes at the heart of the cities where they are. france will not intervene militarily on the ground. it is for the local forces to do so. we have been supporting them for a number of months. we will continue to do so.
we will do the job on the ground after our strikes that will enable to do so. we will take our responsibilities regarding that support absolutely necessary. president obama: i have a couple of broader comments against isil. as was are the indicated, we have taken thousands of strikes, thousands of high school writers, including top commanders and leaders off the battlefield. we have squeezed their supply lines. we have empowered and armed local groups that are pushing against them including most recently providing training and assistance to the iraqi government. as they prepare to retake places like ramadi that have been overrun.
we have seen some success, but the question now is how can we accelerate it? even before the tragedy in paris i had gathered together my national security forces raided had been a year, to review what had worked, what had not. and had put together a plan to accelerate and advance the pressure that we can place on isil. we intend to execute on those plans but we also think as francois said that there may be new openness on the part of other coalition members to help resource and provide additional assistance both to the coalition as a whole and to local forces on the ground. with respect to mr. assad, we have to let the process play itself out. it is our best opportunity. the notion that there would be an immediate date in advance of
us getting a broad agreement on the political process and the details, i think does not make sense. as soon as we have a framework for political transition, potentially a new constitution, elections, i think it is in the context that we can start looking at mr. assad choosing not to run and potentially seeing a new syria emerge. but it will be hard. we should not be under any illusions. syria has broken down. it began to break down the moment that mr. assad started killing indiscriminately his own people.
isil was able to move in in part because of a thorough rejection on the part of many syrians of the assad regime. a power vacuum emerged. it is going to be a difficult, long, methodical process to bring back together various factions within syria to maintain a syrian state and institutions, and to create the kind of stability that allows people to start coming together and rebuilding their lives. but it is possible. and the urgency that we have seen, even before paris out of countries like russia shows that they recognize they cannot be there too long and ultimately win a military battle successfully. olivia knox.
>> thank you. mr. president, can you tell us if the russian plane did reach turkish airspace? and how concerned are you that there would be expanded coalition interest action? when it comes to threatening the corporation, having taken months or weeks ago that they would have prevented the attacks? president obama: we do not have all the information yet. i do not want to comment on the specifics and we will be governed all that information. we expect the turks to provide information. i'm sure the russians will have some information. we will be able to confirm what happened in part through our own intelligence and our own tracking of that area.
as francois indicated, my top priority is going to be to ensure that this does not escalate. and hopefully this is a moment in which all parties can step back and make a determination as to how their interests are best served. the russians had several hundred people of their own killed by isil. of the flow of foreign fighters out of russian areas into syria poses an enormous long-term threat to russian territory. there is a potential convergence of interests between the various parties. it requires us working with him
to make the kind of strategic shift that is necessary, at franklin that i talked about for five years now. it requires recognition that the existing structure cannot gain legitimacy to stop the war. and until you stop the war you will have a vacuum in which these kinds of terrorist organizations can operate more frequently. -- more effectively. let me say one last name, because i tracked the question you posed to president ollanta about what could or could not have been prevented. all of our intelligence personnel, across the united states, across the atlantic worked tirelessly to disrupt plots and prevent terrorist attacks.
the vast majority of their successes in disrupting plots are not advertised. you never hear about them. if it were not for the dedication of those intelligence and law enforcement professionals this would be a much more dangerous world. you have to be careful about speculating what if could have and would have in a situation like this. it is hard. you have eight individuals with light weapons. - that is a hard thing to track. what is true is that we can do a better job coordinating between countries. i have been talking to our european partners for quite some time now about the need for better intelligence sharing, passenger name records, working to ensure when people enter into europe, particularly now, that
the information across various borders is shared on a timely basis and you have biometric information and other technologies. you can make it more accurate. it does not mean it will be 100% full print -- foolproof but will be better on the fronts. one of the challenges has been, frankly, in the past several years that legal concerns about privacy and civil liberties, which are entirely legitimate, i do not think that those can be ignored. that is part of the values that make us who we are, and that we have to adhere to. but i think that this is a reminder that this is a dangerous world. and rooting out small bands of terrorist groups who maintain
good operational security and are using modern technologies in ways that are hard to track about that is a tough job. we are all going to the pool our resources more effectively together than we have in the past. i think when the president goes back to europe his leadership and the leadership of other presidents and prime ministers around this issue is going to be as important as anything we do. president hollande: allowing to go back to what the issue truly is. -- to what daesh
truly is. it is an organization, a terrorist group and a territory in iraq in syria, killing, and they want to enforce rules that dishonor humanity. this is what they are doing there. this is what they are trying to do in other countries everywhere. and then we have to deal with the individuals who are being used in terror attacks. we know the dreadful plan was prepared in syria, and then organized in another country. and there were some a couple's list -- some accomplices in france.
those who committed the act of war. if we want to tackle terrorism, we must act not on this not only to destroy where they are in syria and iraq, but we must also dismantle and destroyed the networks. how can we proceed? first of all, militarily come up our strikes, by taking back to these territories, supporting the troops on the ground. making sure that the to territorial integrity is approved. this is what we can do. and then when it comes to
protective measures to protect our territory and our people, this is what i announced in france, and this is what we have to do to and eradicate these networks and all of these accomplices. some of them just arrived. others have been there for a long time. they are not necessarily identified at this time. it is therefore necessary that we strengthen cooperation in terms of intelligence. the paris attacks generated a lot of emotion, but that is not enough. compassion, solidarity, i take note of it. but we must act, and for a number of days now i have been trying to events all the countries who can act to do so.
i met with david cameron yesterday. he announced that he would take a number of measures to his parliament. that is important. today i am here with barack obama so that we can act with greater intensity and coherence as well. tomorrow i will be meeting german chancellor angela merkel that european countries including germany can face up to the responsibility, in terms of military intelligence and political cooperation and maybe more. i will also travel to moscow, so that russia can take action against isil. and then, i will receive the head of the italian government. i will also have the ability to talk to all the european
leaders, as it will be held on sunday. it is all of that, getting together, and enabling us to coordination, cooperation, and action so that we can act on isil, and the network. it is my strength which will enable us to succeed. data that strength which will enable us to succeed. >> wealth of you have talked about coordination cooperation. does it mean that a single coalition which you mentioned last week is gone? is it conceivable to help the russians and the americans to work together under a single command?
and then you said you could not put a date on his departure. -- and then on bashar assad, you said you could not put a date on his departure. this funding that mean that his departure is not a preamble or prerequisite for the future of syria? president hollande: would regarding the coalition of the international community, i believe that was approved by all of the security council. it enabled us to say that now the entire world is committed to fighting against that. -- fighting against daesh. and then, and this is what i will check when i travel to moscow, we need one single goal, that is, to tackle terrorism and fight against isis militarily. i believe we can have some critical operation and coordination militarily. at the same time we have to be clear what it comes to the
-- clear when it comes to the political solution. brush al-assad cannot be the future of syria. we are already working with all of the countries, even though they do not have the same sense that turkey -- the united states, france, all of those who managed to find this. we must work on this. the transition where the sheer all aside plays no role, he has been the problem, so he cannot be the solution. president obama: we have a coalition. 65 countries who have been active in pushing back against isil for quite some time.
france has been a central part of the coalition. as have european countries, arab countries, countries as far-flung as australia and countries in southeast asia are part of that coalition. russia right now is a coalition of 2. iran and russia supporting bashir al-assad. given russia's military capabilities, and given the influence they have on the assad regime, them cooperating would be enormously helpful in bringing about resolution of the civil war in syria, and allow us all to refocus our attention on isil.
but i think it is important to remember that you have a global coalition organized. russia is the outlier. we hope that they refocus their attention on what is the most substantial threat, and that they serve as a constructive or. -- constructive partner. and if and when they do, it will make it easier for us to go after isil. i think it is important to recognize the kind of airstrikes they are carrying out, just like the reference we are carrying out in the the cells are not sufficient to the work that we do to bolster local fighting forces. cutting off supply lines, financing, oil, reducing the flow of foreign partiers -- fighters, the intelligent
workman is to be done, all of that is something that we are doing now. they can supplement. but that is going to be a process that involves hard, methodical work. it is not going to be something that happens just because suddenly we take a few more airstrikes. and that is the kind of hard work that i know france is prepared to do. united states prepared to do. and perhaps russia will be as well. thank you very much. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015]
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