Carter Meets With Le Drian
Carter Meets With Le Drian,
Other Anti-ISIL Partners in Paris
By Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — January 20, 2016 — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is in Paris to meet
with his French counterpart and to attend a defense ministerial, which will be
the first face-to-face meeting of representatives from all seven countries
providing major contributions to the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and
Ash Carter and Jean-Yves
Le Drian attend an honors ceremony in Paris
The secretary met with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and
tomorrow will attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos,
While in Davos, Carter said he would speak with important leaders on topics
that include the counter-ISIL campaign.
“This morning it was my solemn honor to place a wreath at the Place de La
Republique in memory of the victims of the November attacks,” Carter said in
remarks prepared for a press conference in Paris today with Le Drian.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Place de La Republique
“I know I speak for every man and woman in the U.S. armed forces when I say
that we will always stand by the people of France, our oldest ally,” the
Carter said that he and Le Drian were on the phone hours after the Nov. 13
attacks on Paris, coordinating a crushing response against ISIL in Raqqa,
enhancing intelligence sharing and discussing the coalition’s next steps.
“Long before that day,” the secretary said, “Minister Le Drian and I met at
the Pentagon to discuss ways to accelerate our campaign against ISIL. His
incisive observations and strong resolve played a critical role in refining our
military campaign plan against ISIL.”
The campaign’s objectives, Carter said, are to destroy ISIL’s headquarters in
Iraq and Syria, combat ISIL elements worldwide and protect the U.S. homeland
from attacks by the terrorist group.
To do this, the coalition is enabling local, motivated forces wherever ISIL
has spread as the only viable way of defeating ISIL and sustaining its defeat,
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and defense ministers of
six countries meet in Paris
“We’re doing this by providing a plan, clear leadership and the power of a
global coalition wielding a suite of capabilities [that include] airstrikes,
special forces, cyber tools, intelligence, equipment, mobility and logistics,
and training, advice and assistance, Carter said.
This plan accelerates the U.S. effort to defeat ISIL, and today Carter said
he discussed the plan with coalition partners who are already making strong
contributions to the fight.
The defense ministerial -- held this morning and co-hosted by France and the
United States -- offered a chance to align coalition partner views on
capabilities needed to prosecute the military and nonmilitary campaigns, the
Defense ministers from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands,
the United Kingdom and the United States attended the meeting.
Defense ministers of seven countries pose for a photo in Paris
“We agreed that we all must do more, and I believe today’s discussion has
given every minister the opportunity to discuss with their governments what else
they can bring to the table and how they can better align their efforts with our
common goals and strategy,” he added.
In a joint statement released after the meeting, the ministers reaffirmed
their governments' commitment to work together with the entire counter-ISIL
coalition to accelerate and intensify the campaign against ISIL to deliver a
Ash Carter with Jean-Yves Le Drian
meeting the press
“We expressed our broad support for the campaign plan objectives and the need
to continue gathering momentum in our campaign as it moves into its next phase
targeting [ISIL’s] vulnerabilities,” the ministers wrote. They also discussed
military campaign requirements to expand efforts against ISIL and committed to
work together with other military and non-military contributors to fill these
requirements, and they agreed to review regularly the coalition's campaign plan
and the progress in its implementation, according to the statement.
Carter said he would take the results of the ministerial directly to
President Barack Obama when he returns home.
In three weeks, the first meeting of defense ministers from
all 26 counter-ISIL military coalition nations plus Iraq will convene in
Brussels to discuss other opportunities to hasten ISIL’s lasting defeat, he
added. “Every nation must come prepared to discuss further contributions to the
fight,” Carter said, “and I will not hesitate to engage and challenge current
and prospective members of the coalition as we go forward.”
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