Ottawa (AFP) - France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls during a visit to Canada on Thursday said both nations are "committed" to strengthening their efforts against terrorism.
"We are absolutely committed to strengthening our counterterrorism cooperation," Valls told a joint news conference with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.
Valls said the two nations planned to increase intelligence-sharing between their security agencies, and would work together to fight Islamic radicalization.
The two leaders, during their first face-to-face meeting, took stock of various international crises, including the war in Syria and the "horrible situation" in besieged Aleppo, which has been hit by relentless air strikes. They also discussed Russia's support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Valls praised Ottawa's higher international profile since that start of the Trudeau administration, saying his Canadian counterpart's decision "to re-engage on the world stage and share its values are crucial."
"We need Canada in the Middle East, in Africa, at the United Nations, everywhere where such crises threaten stability and our security," Valls said.