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UK, France reinforce defence co-operation

21 January 2018

The UK-French summit held at the UK's Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst on 18 January reinforced defence co-operation between the two European nuclear powers.

The summit agreed to the creation of a permanent UK-France Defence Ministerial Council, in which the two nations' defence ministers will regularly discuss defence co-operation.

The two nations will reinforce each others' deployments on NATO's eastern flank and in Mali. French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to support the UK-led enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup in Estonia in 2019, while the United Kingdom pledged to deploy three Royal Air Force (RAF) CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters to France's Operation 'Barkhane' in the Sahel and to continue to provide logistic support with C-17 heavy lift transport aircraft.

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