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Obama holds National Security Council meeting on ISIS

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US President has held a National Security Council meeting to review progress in the campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS and the efforts to alleviate sufferings of the Syrian people, the has said.

"Although the United States suspended bilateral channels with in pursuit of a Cessation of Hostilities, the President directed his team to continue multilateral discussions with key nations with a vested interest in the region to encourage all sides to support a more durable and sustainable diminution of violence and, more broadly, a diplomatic resolution to the civil war," the said.

"The President's team highlighted our continued prosecution, together with our global partners, of an aggressive campaign against ISIL that includes military, intelligence, enforcement, and diplomatic efforts," it said yesterday.

During the meeting, Obama emphasised that preventing attacks on the US and countering terrorist threats from ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria remained his top priorities.

He was also updated on Coalition efforts to apply simultaneous pressure against ISIS across Syria and Iraq, the said.

More than 300,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began with anti-government protests in March 2011.

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First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 07:02 IST