Joint Statement of Intent by Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence of the French Republic, and the Honorable Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense of the United States of America   [open pdf - 165KB]

"France and the United States have built, over the past two centuries, the oldest alliance between two nations on the European and American continents. Formed in the crucible of the U.S. War of Independence, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and all the common struggles faced by our two countries in the past half-century, this alliance is first and foremost the offspring of women and men who share common values, as well as the will and capacity to defend them. The French and American people have constantly embodied this alliance. The support France extended to the American people following the September 11, 2001, attacks against the United States was reciprocated by U.S. shows of solidarity with France the day after the November 13, 2015, attacks. Today, military cooperation between France and the United States is stronger than ever. At the core of our partnership is the awareness that France and the United States face similar security challenges, and that we must confront them together. […]In the coming years, we anticipate having to face together a range of threats from both State and non-State actors while striving to uphold the international rules-based order. This Joint Statement of Intent seeks to capture our vision and provide a framework for future bilateral cooperation. As its authors and leaders of our militaries, we acknowledge the non-legally binding nature of this document, but believe that it is important to make this public statement together."

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