Armed Forces Minister and her counterparts welcome positive NATO summit

NATO – Meeting of the defence ministers of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for the Armed Forces

Paris, 16 June 2021

The Minister for the Armed Forces, Mme Florence Parly, took part in a meeting in Brussels on 15 June 2021 with her counterparts from Germany, Ms Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the UK, Mr Ben Wallace, and the United States, Mr Lloyd Austin.

The ministers reviewed the conclusions of the NATO summit held on 14 June and welcomed the progress made since the London meeting in December 2019. They also took the opportunity to discuss the prospects offered by the “NATO 2030” initiative and by the updating of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept, reaffirming the importance of transatlantic solidarity and the Alliance’s unity, based on respect for shared values and consistency.

The ministers also discussed the security outlook in Afghanistan in the context of the withdrawal of American and NATO troops, and shared their thoughts about the Indo-Pacific region with a view to greater cooperation between them in that region.

On the eve of the meeting between the US and Russian Presidents in Geneva on 16 June 2021, the discussions also focused on challenges linked to relations with the Russian Federation, particularly in the field of arms control.

The ministers concluded by agreeing to meet again soon to share their views and ideas, particularly on the revision of NATO’s Strategic Concept./.

United States of America – Meeting between Mme Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces, and Mr Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defence of the United States of America – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for the Armed Forces

Paris, 16 June 2021

In the margins of the NATO summit on Tuesday 15 June 2021, the Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, had a meeting with her American counterpart, Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin.

The Minister and Defence Secretary, who welcomed the positive results gained during the summit and the prospects offered by the “NATO 2030” initiative and by the updating of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept, highlighted the desire to act together in the framework of the Alliance and preserve its ability to carry out its responsibilities.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to reiterate the importance of the ties uniting the United States and France. The historic alliance between the two countries, based on common values, the defence of freedom and of democracy, takes the form today, among other things, of first-rate defence cooperation in various operational fields (external operations, forces training, space, cyber, intelligence etc.).

The discussions focused on joint theatres of operations, in particular related to the fight against terrorism in the Sahel and Levant. The meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss adapting the French military presence in the Sahel announced by the President. With France organizing a ministerial video conference with Italy on 17 June dedicated to supporting the Lebanese armed forces, Florence Parly and her US counterpart emphasized those forces’ central role in protecting the country’s stability.

The Minister and Defence Secretary discussed the Indo-Pacific region, a theatre of growing importance for Franco-US cooperation, and confirmed our two countries’ shared determination to defend multilateralism and respect for international law in that strategic region./.

Published on 17/06/2021

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