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    US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said that the United States and France will finalize arrangements to deepen bilateral military space cooperation and defense cooperation more broadly.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and France will finalize arrangements to deepen bilateral military space cooperation and defense cooperation more broadly, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said ahead of a meeting with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Washington, DC.

    "Today we'll discuss expanding our partnership in two critical domains: cyber and space, and sign an arrangement for military space cooperation," Carter told reporters on Monday. "Most importantly, we'll sign a joint statement of intent that provides a framework for enhancing our defense cooperation more broadly."

    The meeting is the latest between the two defense chiefs to focus on enhanced military cooperation.

    Last month, Carter, Le Drian and Turkish defense minister Fikri Isik held trilateral defense talks on the sidelines of the NATO ministerial in Brussels and agreed to coordinate efforts against Daesh terrorist group.

    In October, Carter and Le Drian agreed to work together to undercut the Islamic State’s online messaging and destroy terror finance and travel networks.

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