Slovakia ready to aid France in fight against terrorism

2015-11-17 18:27:45 GMT2015-11-18 02:27:45(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BRATISLAVA, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Slovakia stands ready to help France in the fight against terrorism, announced Slovak Defense Minister Martin Glvac on Tuesday.

"We've expressed solidarity to France and, in keeping with the EU article of mutual help, we are prepared to examine and respond to French requests responsibly as they come," Glvac said.

According to ministry state secretary Milos Koterec, it's necessary to wait for specific French requests in the fight against Islamic State (IS).

"Within our capabilities, we're ready to continue the fight against terrorism also in this manner," added Koterec.

On Tuesday, France officially extended a request to fellow EU members for support and help with military operations in Syria and elsewhere in the world.

France has thus for the first time ever activated Article 42.7 of the EU Treaty, according to which union member states have a duty to provide aid and support to a member country that was targeted in an attack.

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