French ministers address defense and security at Foreign Affairs Council
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian took part in the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council on Defense in Brussels. Among issues related to security and defense cooperation, the ministers discussed the European Union’s role in the Sahel, support for the G5 Sahel force, and addressed the preparation of the upcoming EU-Africa Summit. At the meeting, France announced its intention to participate in “permanent structured cooperation” in the field of security and defense. The mechanism for permanent cooperation is provided for by the Treaty of the European Union and comes as a result of joint proposals by France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. It is due to be launched in a few weeks.