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Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
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Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates February 08, 2010

Secretary Gates' Remarks after Meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in France

SEC. GATES: (In progress) -- quick word. Unfortunately, because I'm late for dinner, I won't have time for any questions. But I had a very good, very positive meeting with the president.

We discussed, as you might expect, Afghanistan, Iran, a number of other subjects. It was a very candid, very open meeting. It really underscored the strong friendship between France and the United States. We have a common view on many issues, including NATO reform going forward.

So I'm very pleased with my visit here to France. I think that the meetings with the defense minister, the foreign minister and now the president have really created some further opportunities for cooperation and a clear understanding in those areas where we don't have a complete identity of views. But we have an open and honest relationship, and I'm very optimistic looking forward.

Thank you.

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