Hollande, Obama urge `stepped-up` global efforts on Ebola

The French and US presidents Francois Hollande and Barack Obama on Monday urged "stepped-up" international efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic ravaging three west African countries.

Paris: The French and US presidents Francois Hollande and Barack Obama on Monday urged "stepped-up" international efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic ravaging three west African countries.

The two leaders, speaking by telephone, stressed the need for "a stepped-up mobilisation of the international community and the European Union, in close coordination with the United Nations, the WHO (World Health Organization) and the countries concerned," Hollande`s office said in a statement.

The epidemic has claimed more than 4,000 lives this year with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone most affected.

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