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US stepping up for joint efforts with France to combat terrorism
23:11, 15 July 2016
US stepping up for joint efforts with France to combat terrorism

United States is ready to support intensification of joint efforts with France aimed at combating terrorism after Nice Attack

23:11, 15 July 2016

Reuters

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drіanu and his American counterpart, Ashton Carter announced this after the telephone conversation, TASS reports.

As a Pentagon Spokesman Peter Cook said by the end of the conversation, Carter expressed Drіanu "his personal solidarity to France and promised to support the intensification of joint efforts against terrorism". The heads of the military departments of the two countries "agreed to discuss the attacks in Nice and the appropriate actions next week in Washington", Cook said.

He explained that he meant a meeting of Defense and other representatives of management of ministers who are involved in organized US military operations against the terrorist group "Islamic state" in Iraq and Syria.

The meeting will discuss "next steps in the military campaign" against the ISIS "and the requirements that need to be performed to accelerate the defeat" of the group, Cook said.

This multilateral meeting, as previously reported by the press service of the Pentagon, will take place on July 20 at the Andrews military base in Maryland in the neighborhood of the US capital. Carter "will host the defense ministers and other officials who hold positions of responsibility from the coalition, which is struggling with ISIS”. According to him, the meeting will discuss the "lengthy military campaign against ISIS" progress and "the next key steps", as well as possible ways to accelerate the pace of such operations. The meeting will take place "at an important moment in the ISIS counter campaign," US Department of Defense said.

Representatives from 34 countries and NATO states members will take part in the meeting. This is the second international meeting of this kind, the Pentagon recalled. Ashton Carter will hold a press conference after it.

Related: EU Foreign Ministers to discuss fight against terrorism at France’s request

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