U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 8, 2017 - Reuters/Virginia Mayo/Pool U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 8, 2017 - Reuters/Virginia Mayo/Pool

Turkey, France and Italy agree to strengthen defence cooperation

Wed, Nov. 8, 2017
ISTANBUL - 8 November 2017:Turkey signed a letter of intent with France and Italy on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation on joint defense projects including air and missile defense systems, Turkish defense ministry sources said.

As a first step, the Franco-Italian EUROSAM consortium and Turkish companies will look into a system based on the SAMP-T missile system produced by EUROSOM and determine the common needs of the three countries, the sources said.

Turkey's Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli is in Brussels attending a meeting of NATO defense ministers.
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