Minister joins NATO defence talks in Brussels

Defence – Meeting of NATO defence ministers – Press communiqué issued by the Ministry for the Armed Forces

Paris, 4 October 2018

Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces, will take part in the NATO defence ministers’ meeting in Brussels on 4 October 2018. This first ministerial meeting following the Brussels summit of 11 and 12 July 2018 will be devoted to implementing the decisions taken by the heads of state and government.

The work will focus on three major themes: the Alliance’s deterrence and defence posture, cooperation with the European Union, and burden-sharing between the two shores of the Atlantic. A meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission will also be held, for the first time since the defence ministers’ meeting of February 2017.

The Minister for the Armed Forces will reaffirm the full involvement in NATO of France, a deeply supportive ally resolutely committed to the defence of the Euro-Atlantic region.

The Brussels summit provided an opportunity to consolidate the direction taken to support the Allied countries’ collective security since the Wales summit in 2014. This political impetus must be maintained.

It is now a question of guaranteeing that NATO remains an alliance that is credible, modern, united and effective in the face of the challenges of its environment, both to the east and the south, while maintaining a balanced position of dialogue and firmness towards Russia.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to recall the role of recent initiatives on Defence Europe which help share the burden more effectively within the Alliance.

Florence Parly will also take the opportunity of this ministerial meeting to sign with her Finnish counterpart an agreement strengthening our defence cooperation./.

Published on 04/10/2018

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