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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary Carter’s Call with French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian

Nov. 14, 2015

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:


Secretary Ash Carter spoke by phone this morning with French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian to convey his condolences for those killed during last night’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Secretary Carter told Minister Le Drian that the men and women of the Department of Defense stand with France entirely and are committed to helping France in any way that we can. The U.S. and France maintain a close relationship in countering terrorism around the world including direct action in North Africa, Syria, and Iraq. Secretary Carter reiterated the United States commitment to stand by our oldest ally in taking additional steps to respond to these barbaric attacks.  The two agreed to remain in close contact in the coming days.