Obama, Italian PM discuss fighting against Islamic State

Washington, Feb 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi discussed their joint efforts in combating the Islamic State (IS), the White House said.

“The two leaders over phone on Thursday agreed to continue working together to manage the flow of migrants into Europe,” Xinhua cited the White House as saying in a statement.

“The road ahead will not be easy but our coalition continues to grow stronger, the IS core in Syria and Iraq continues to shrink, with allies and partners… we will destroy this barbaric terrorist organisation,” Obama said after a meeting with the National Security Council at the State Department earlier on Thursday.

Italy is in the US-led anti-IS coalition.

Obama and Renzi also discussed “the economic situation in Europe and the need to promote growth”, according to the statement.

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