December 31, 2016 / 7:27 PM / 3 years ago

France's Hollande says to visit Iraq Monday

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during his visit to the French elevators company ETNA France in Taverny, near Paris, France, December 26, 2016. REUTERS/Lionel Bonaventure/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Saturday said he would visit Iraq on Monday to salute troops which are taking part in a U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State.

“We’re not done with the plight of terrorism. We have to keep on fighting it,” Hollande said in a New Year address to the nation that was broadcast on French television.

“This is the reason for our military operations abroad, in Mali, in Syria, in Iraq — Iraq where I’ll be going the day after tomorrow to salute our troops.”

Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain and Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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