France will host a high-level meeting on the crisis in Iraq and Syria on June 2, the government announced Wednesday, as the international community battles to stem the advance of the Islamic State group. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced at a cabinet meeting "that there would be a meeting in Paris on the whole situation in Syria and Iraq," adding that US Secretary of State John Kerry would attend.
Some 24 ministers -- including German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier -- will also travel to the French capital, as well as representatives from top international organisations, diplomatic sources said. The announcement of the meeting came as Islamic State fighters overran part of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra.
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