US Secretary of State John Kerry says a free-trade agreement between the US and Europe is a priority for Washington. He was speaking after talks in Berlin. Kerry is on his first foreign tour as US Secretary of State.
The French president has called for swift international action against "Islamic State" militants. Francois Hollande is hosting a conference on tackling the threat posed by the Islamist militants and stabilizing Iraq.
French military aircraft are set to begin reconnaissance flights in support of the US Air Force over northern Iraq. The announcement came as foreign ministers gathered in Paris for an international conference on Iraq.
Foreign ministers from nearly 30 countries pledged in Paris to combat the terror group "Islamic State" in Iraq and Syria. However, no mention was made of specific combat plans to tackle the jihadist group.
Francois Hollande has expressed his country's support for Iraq's new government. The French president's trip to Baghdad came as France was considering joining a US-led bombing campaign on Islamist extremists.
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