Meeting between N. Sarkozy and R. Gates
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 8 February 2010
President Sarkozy had a meeting today with Mr Robert Gates, US Secretary of Defence.
The meeting took place in the spirit of very great trust which characterizes relations between France and the United States.
President Sarkozy and Mr Gates highlighted the historical alliance between France and the United States which is more necessary than ever.
President Sarkozy and Mr Gates noted that we have the same views on the Iranian nuclear proliferation issue.
They stressed our common long-term commitment to help the people of Afghanistan, where our soldiers are side by side.
France and the United States share the goal of developing a genuine partnership with Russia.
President Sarkozy affirmed France’s support for the US Secretary of Defence’s proposals for reforming NATO and our desire to strengthen our bilateral defence cooperation in areas such as aerospace.
President Sarkozy will pursue this dialogue with President Obama during his next visit to the United States./.