"What crises are we talking about? It is all kinds of crises. It may be a climate crisis – like the one that happened last year during the Irma storm on Saint Martin … [The second type of crises] is like the crisis that happened around 10 years ago in Lebanon when it was necessary to evacuate a large number of Europeans … When France went to the Sahel region in 2013, it did this alone. If a similar crisis happens in the future, we would like to have an opportunity to prepare for it together with our allies who would like to participate in this operation," Parly told reporters on Wednesday.
During the talks, the French defense chief said that a meeting of high-ranked General Staff members of these states will be held on Friday.
The idea to create the European Union’s joint military intervention force was for the first time voiced by French President Emmanuel Macron.
In June, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom signed a letter of intent to establish such a force. Finland joined the group on Tuesday.