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Abe, Hollande call for international solidarity against terrorism

Kyodo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande called Monday for international solidarity against terrorism in the wake of the deadly Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

Meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. climate summit outside Paris, Abe conveyed his condolences over the attacks that killed 130 people and said, “I feel shocked and outraged by these despicable acts of terrorism,” according to a senior Japanese official.

“It is important that the international community join hands and take proactive measures against terrorism,” Abe was quoted by the official as telling Hollande.

Hollande appreciated Abe’s expression of solidarity, the official said.

The two leaders expressed hope that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks in an effort to defuse tensions over Turkey’s downing last week of a Russian fighter jet that had reportedly entered Turkish airspace from Syria.

In a brief conversation with Erdogan earlier Monday, Abe offered help in easing tensions between Turkey and Russia. Erdogan expressed gratitude to Abe’s offer to speak about the issue to Putin.

Meanwhile, Abe and Hollande affirmed cooperation for the success of U.N. climate negotiations through Dec. 11 in Le Bourget outside Paris, according to the official.

At the talks, countries are aiming for a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions blamed for warming the planet.

Hollande thanked Abe for Japan’s increased financial assistance to developing countries in the fight against global warming, the official said.

Hollande was quoted as saying Japan’s contribution has brought industrialized nations closer to fulfilling their commitment to offer $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries curb their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to more floods, heat waves and rising sea levels.

In a separate meeting, Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to cooperate toward achieving peace and stability in the Middle East as they discussed terrorism and the civil war in Syria, according to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo.

Abe and Netanyahu welcomed continued talks between the two governments over defense cooperation and cybersecurity, the ministry said in a press release.

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