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Luik and Parly discuss enhancing defence cooperation
Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met with the French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly
Tuesday, minister of Defence Jüri Luik met with the French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, to discuss questions related to NATO enhanced Forward Presence, Baltic Air Policing, cyber defence and joint military operations.
‘For Estonia it´s important that the French contribution to the security of our region remains consistent and multifaceted. Both with the UK as well as with the France, we are looking at how different force elements could further strengthen the NATO presence here,' Minister of Defence Luik said.
According to Parly France is able to count on European partners after the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the Allies also know that they can count on the support of France and its unwavering commitment to the collective defence and Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.
In addition to defence cooperation, the ministers discussed issues related to the NATO Leaders´ Meeting, which is set to take place in London at the end of the year, and the latest developments in Syria. Luik and Parly also met with the French troops currently serving at Tapa and received an overview of their service.
Later the day, Parly met with the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, and gave an opening speech at the ABCD Security Conference, in Tallinn.
Estonia and France share 25 years of defence cooperation, with troops from both countries having served shoulder-to-shoulder in the Central African Republic and Mali. This year, France is contributing to the NATO Battle Group serving at Tapa and will return in 2021. France´s fighter aircraft regularly participate in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission.