Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:
This morning, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter called French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian to offer his and the entire Department of Defense’s deepest condolences to the French people, the families of the victims, and the French government for yesterday’s attack in Nice. Secretary Carter also expressed his and the department’s solidarity with France, and pledged his support to intensify joint efforts against terrorism. Secretary Carter and Minister Le Drian agreed to discuss the attack and the response next week in Washington when the secretary will gather the defense ministers from the counter-ISIL military coalition. The defense ministerial at Joint Base Andrews will discuss the next steps in the military campaign and the requirements needed to further accelerate the defeat of ISIL.
Release No: NR-264-16
July 15, 2016