French President Francois Hollande is at the White House for talks Tuesday with US President Barack Obama as he seeks to step up the fight against Islamic State in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris.
The leaders are consulting and coordinating efforts into the investigation of the attack that killed 130 people and further cooperation in the international military coalition against Islamic State, the White House said.
The meeting would show US “solidarity … with our allies in France, even in this very difficult hour,” spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.
The leaders would discuss intelligence sharing and broader efforts to fight Islamic State, Earnest said.
Hollande met with British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday in Paris and is also to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday in Paris and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday in Moscow. He will also meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Ahead of the US meeting, the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert, which warns of “increased terrorist threats” but gave no specifics, except to note attacks this year in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey and Mali.