Britain strengthens security relationship with Germany

25 January 2016 (Last Updated January 25th, 2016 18:30)

The UK and Germany have revealed plans to strengthen relationships and interoperability between the nations' armed forces.

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The UK and Germany have revealed plans to strengthen relationships and interoperability between the nations' armed forces.

At a meeting held between UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and his German counterpart Ursula Von der Leyen, the countries agreed to develop their alliance on operations, missions and training of the armed forces.

Fallon said: "Our defence review elevated Germany to a top tier ally, alongside France and the US. We are already working closely together within Nato and in the fight against Daesh.

"Now I want to see more collaboration on operations, missions and training and deeper industrial cooperation."

In addition, the Nato allies will develop military capabilities outside of Europe, and combine forces against terrorism.

"I want to see more collaboration on operations, missions and training and deeper industrial cooperation."

Britain will be a leading nation for the Transatlantic Capability Enhancement and Training (TACET) programme, and will work with Germany and the US to build a stronger military presence in Eastern Europe.

In March, the countries are expected discuss reducing support costs on common aircraft, particularly A400M and Typhoon.

Last week, an agreement to strengthen the US counter-ISIS campaign was signed by defence ministers from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK.

The US and its allies discussed potential military campaign advancements to combat the terrorist group.


Image: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and German Defence Minister Dr Ursula Von der Leyen meet in Berlin. Photo: © Crown copyright.