Immediate Release

Readout of Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper's Phone Call With French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly

Oct. 16, 2020

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper conducted a call today with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. The Secretary and the Minister discussed a range of issues, including the surge of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, security and stability in Africa, and the situations in Iraq and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.  

On the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Secretary and the Minister agreed on the need for leaders from both Armenia and Azerbaijan to implement their commitments to an immediate ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and to a peaceful settlement.  

The Secretary thanked the Minister for France’s leading role in fighting terrorism, and expressed hope more European nations will support French efforts in the Sahel.