December 31, 2016 / 7:29 PM / in 10 months

France's Hollande says to visit Iraq Monday

French President Francois Hollande listens to explications during his visit to the French elevators company ETNA France in Taverny, near Paris, France, on December 26, 2016. REUTERS/Lionel Bonaventure

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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