U.S., France continue to strengthen Defense relationship
French Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly arrived in Washington to discuss the global challenges facing Europe and the U.S., our transatlantic ally.
"We are experiencing a real operational honeymoon with the U.S. Our armed forces work together daily, both in training and in our theaters of operation, achieving a very large degree of interoperability. We will continue to move forward in this way.
In Iraq, France is determined to continue its fight against Daesh. We remain fully involved in the training of Iraqi forces, and our Rafales are still in the air over the Levant. When it comes to regional stability, France and the U.S. remain on the front lines. " The Minister said.
The Minister also noted that NATO defense ministers will be meeting next month. ’’As both of us are preparing for the February defense NATO ministerial, we have agreed that the organization remains the cornerstone of our collective security,’’ she said.
U.S. security is a changing landscape, Minister Parly said, ’’and France fully supports America’s insistence on Europeans taking a larger share of the [NATO] burden, spending more, committing more and fighting more. That’s what my country does.’’