Latvia and France discuss military cooperation

Latvia's Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis on Thursday mets with French Ambassador Stephane Visconti and military attaché, Lieutenant Colonel Alain Moulia to discuss ways in which the two countries' militaries might cooperate in the war against terrorism, the ministry said in a release.

"The participants discussed the current issues of security in the world and new security challenges after the tragic events in Paris on 13 November," the statement said.

"We all need to act together to fight terrorism and violence," Bergmanis said while confirming that Latvia is currently considering the possibility of sending military instructors to Iraq alongside a Danish contingent to help in the process of training the Iraqi armed forces.

The French Ambassador expressed his gratitude to the Latvian people for the strong support France has received in recent days, stressing that people's responses had been regardless of nationality or age.

The Minister also thanked France for its engagement in NATO patrolling the airspace over the Baltic states.

The two sides discussed the future of Latvian and French defense cooperation, including participation in joint military exercises and missions, including in Africa.

The discussions took place with French police continuing to investigate events surrounding terrorist attacks in Paris that have killed 129 people, with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warning of the danger of a chemical or biological attack from Daesh/Islamic State. 

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