Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper conducted a call today with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. The Secretary and the Minister discussed a range of issues, including the surge of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, security and stability in Africa, and the situations in Iraq and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.  

On the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Secretary and the Minister agreed on the need for leaders from both Armenia and Azerbaijan to implement their commitments to an immediate ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and to a peaceful settlement.  

The Secretary thanked the Minister for France’s leading role in fighting terrorism, and expressed hope more European nations will support French efforts in the Sahel.

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