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Britain, France vow to strengthen cooperation in defense, nuclear energy

English.news.cn   2014-02-01 05:02:18

LONDON, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande agreed Friday to beef up the two countries' cooperation in defense, nuclear energy and climate policy.

Britain and France inked the cooperation deals at the UK-France Summit 2014 held in British royal air force station RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire of southeast England.

The two countries issued a communique setting out plans for joint investment in the procurement of defense equipment, joint training of armed forces and continued development of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force, an Anglo-French joint military training and operation program.

"Britain and France are natural partners for defense cooperation," British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said, adding that the agreements reached at the summit would enhance the "interoperability" of British and French forces.

According to the agreements, the two countries are set to launch a two-year-long joint feasibility study program with an investment of 120 million pounds (about 197.4 million U.S. dollars) for a future Anglo-French combat air system.

Britain and France also agreed to invest in Britain's major nuclear weapons base, the Atomic Weapons Establishment, to carry out safe testing of British and French stockpiles and achieve greater sharing of technical and scientific data for joint research.

The two nations pledged to join hands in tackling security issues, such as terrorism and drug and arms trafficking, in north and west Africa, as well as building on international peacekeeping missions in Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic.

In addition, the two sides declared their commitment to developing safe nuclear energy, collaborating on new nuclear power stations, combating climate change and pushing for European Commission's domestic emissions reduction agenda.

"We reiterated our resolve to work together towards achieving an ambitious and legally-binding agreement at the next COP (UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change) in Paris in 2015," said Edward Davey, British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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