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Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Franco-German Defense and Security Council (Müllheim, October 1, 2012)

The French and German foreign affairs and defense ministers will meet on October 1 in Müllheim within the framework of the Franco-German Defense and Security Council (FGDSC).

There will be several topics on the agenda: the security challenges associated with the consequences of the “Arab Spring” and Syria, the situation in the Sahel, notably in Mali, the situation in Afghanistan, as well as the relaunch of the Common Security and Defense Policy and in particular the strengthening of the capacity of the Europeans to take action, which is a government priority.

This meeting will allow France and Germany to signal their shared determination to work together to prepare for the forthcoming major bilateral meetings, notably within the framework of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, as well as the European strategic meetings, including the 2013 session of the European Council which will be devoted to European defense.

French-German cooperation on defense and security issues is essential in order to make progress toward building a strong Europe that is capable of playing a role in stabilizing areas of strategic importance for European security, such the Horn of Africa, the Balkans and the Sahel.


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