France has requested that the UK join with Germany to form a military partnership, according to French Defence Minister Alain Juppe.

Juppe said he was “determined to do everything possible to advance in this direction in tandem with the UK and Germany”.

French attaché Rear Admiral Charles-Edouard de Coriolis also said that a strong German-UK relationship was missing, and a strong French-German and French-UK relationship.

The partnership will help improve defence relations with Germany as well as sharing transport aircraft, air refuelling tankers, equipment and troops among the three nations, according to Express.

The UK Ministry of Defence said that cooperation within Europe was essential to the nation’s approach to wider international defence.

UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox is likely to discuss the matter with his German counterpart during the Munich security conference, to be held next week.