Obama to talk terrorism with European leaders
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President Obama will participate in a counterterrorism strategy session on Monday with European leaders in Germany, the White House announced Wednesday.


French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will join Obama at the April 25 meeting.

“The president looks forward to discussing with these European partners our joint counterterrorism efforts and the need to more effectively share information between our countries and within Europe,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

U.S. officials have repeatedly urged European allies to beef up their lackluster intelligence-sharing practices in the wake of terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.

The leaders will also discuss the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Libya.

Obama is traveling to Hanover on Sunday to attend one of the world’s largest trade shows. It’s the final stop on a six-day, three-country trip that also includes Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

Obama is also sitting down for a one-one-one meeting with Cameron later this week.

Obama will also use the meeting, hosted by Merkel, to advance talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a major trade pact with European Union nations.