World Bulletin/News Desk
French President Francois Hollande said in Baghdad on Friday he would discuss humanitarian aid and military support for Iraq's fight against ISIL insurgents, ahead of a Paris meeting on Monday of opponents of the militant group.
Abadi added: "The American side has begun doing that. We need this air cover. We do not need partners on the ground and they don't intend to send forces."
Instead, he said that Monday's conference in Paris was intended to coordinate military aid to Baghdad from Iraq's allies. "We are going to work with our allies. We know the seriousness of the threat," Hollande told reporters.
France has said it would take part in military action against ISIL fighters in Iraq as part of a coalition being formed by Washington.
Hollande was due to visit Arbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, later on Friday to deliver humanitarian aid, primarily tents and sanitary equipment.
After U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled plans this week for an expanded campaign against ISIL militants, France wants to show that support for Iraq is not limited to military action, one of Hollande's aides said.
At the Paris conference, the French government aims to tackle the ISIL's financing and recruiting as well as improving border controls and training of the Iraqi army.Last Mod: 12 Eylül 2014, 15:33