"The President of the Republic and Mr. Stoltenberg spoke about the latest developments in the fight against terrorism, as well as in the security environment in Europe, particularly in the Middle East and Ukraine," reads the statement on the official website of the French president. However, the press office of the French president did not specify the details of the conversation.
The sides also summed up the preparatory work for the next NATO summit, which will take place in Brussels on July 11-12.
"Thanking Mr. Stoltenberg for his efforts to make NATO an agile and collective multilateral organization, fully taking into account the progress of European defense, the President of the Republic noted the particular role that France would play [in NATO]. He recalled the efforts made over the past year to strengthen defense resources, which will be increased to 2 percent of national wealth by 2025, to consolidate transatlantic relationship, and to strengthen the military credibility of Europeans," the document says.