At a summit in London on November 2, President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce a new agreement on cooperation in military field, reports The Daily Telegraph citing its sources.
According to the newspaper, under the terms of the deal, France and Britain stop at just one step away from a merger of their armies. This step will allow countries to reduce defense spending.
Earlier, the media got the information that France and Britain intend to use aircraft carriers. But now the sources of The Daily Telegraph reported that this new agreement will not be restricted.Under the agreement, the two countries will coordinate military operations with each other, share equipment and machinery, along train troops and send them to serve overseas. Cooperation will touch and research projects.
In this case, sources in the British government stressed that the UK will remain an independent military force and will not be obliged to ask permission of France on what to send to any troops. In addition, cooperation with the French will not affect the status of “special relationship” Britain and the U.S., as well as cooperation within NATO.
Diplomats stress that the French and British military has cooperated in Afghanistan and Bosnia, and focus areas of both states are some parts of the Middle East and Africa.
It is expected that formally outlines of a future agreement will be outlined on 1 November in David Cameron’s appeal to members of the House of Commons. To emphasize the seriousness of the new agreements, Sarkozy will bring with him to a summit in London of foreign ministers, finance and defense.