David Cameron will travel to Paris to meet French President Francois Hollande to discuss anti-terrorism strategies and the fight against Islamic State (IS), French authorities have confirmed. It comes as the French premier is expected to travel next week to Washington to meet President Barack Obama and Moscow to see President Vladimir Putin.
The week of meetings come after the UN Security Council called on all other nations to join the fight against Isis militants in Syria and Iraq and improve intelligence cooperation to prevent further attacks by the group. The 15-member council unanimously adopted the resolution on Friday, which was drafted by France following the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people. Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the for the attacks which has reverberated around the world.
A Number 10 spokesman said: "The prime minister will travel to Paris on Monday morning for talks with President Hollande at the Elysee." He added: "They are expected to focus on counter-terrorism co-operation and the fight against Isil in Syria and Iraq."
Cameron is expected to seek parliamentary approval in the coming weeks for Britain to join the air campaign against Isis positions in Syria. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is engaged in a bombing campaign against the militants in Iraq.
The prime minister hopes the Paris attacks could galvanise sceptics in the Labour party to back expanding the air campaign to include bombing in Syria. Despite Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn opposing the move, it is thought that some party members on the centre-left, such as Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary, seem poised to defy their leader on the issue.
The RAF is already in Syria in a non-combative capacity, providing surveillance for French air strikes on the militant targets in their de-facto capital of Raqqa. British pilots have also carried out airstrikes in Syria but flying American planes.
The news comes as the Belgium capital Brussels was under lock down on Saturday 21 November after the authorities warned of an attack "like the one that happened in Paris" last week. Some of the attackers who killed 130 people in Paris lived in Brussels.