23 EU COUNTRIES TO SIGN DEFENSE PACT UNDER PESCO
Last Updated: 2017-11-14
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BRUSSELS, Nov 14 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Defense ministers of 23 EU member states Monday signed a pact to on joint defense cooperation and handed it over to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

According to a statement released by Mogherini's foreign affairs council, the pact on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) foresees the possibility of a number of EU member states working more closely together in the area of security and defense.

Of the 28 EU members, Britain, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland and Malta have yet to decide whether to join the pact.

The European commission said a formal decision of establishing PESCO will be adopted by the end of the year, with the first projects to be identified in parallel. -- NNN-XINHUA