US, French defense chiefs agree to increase cooperation on special operations: Pentagon

US, French defense chiefs agree to increase cooperation on special operations: Pentagon

Washington: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his French counterpart Florence Parly have signed an agreement to enhance cooperation in the field of special operations, Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
“Secretary Austin and Minister Parly concluded their meeting with the signing ceremony of the US-France roadmap to enhance cooperation in the area of ​​special operations,” Kirby said on Friday.
“The roadmap indicates the intent of the US and France to identify areas where it is possible to increase special operations coordination and cooperation,” he said.
Kirby said the two defense chiefs specifically discussed bilateral cooperation to address security challenges in the Middle East and Africa.
In June, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said terrorism remained a major threat to stability in the Middle East and Africa. Shoigu said that after the elimination of the Islamic State terror group (banned in Russia) in Syria and Iraq, most fighters moved to Libya, but there are also terrorist cells in Mali, the Central African Republic and Mozambique.

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