Wednesday, March 22, 2023

French, British leaders meet in effort to repair ties – Usky News

Paris: President of France Emmanuel Macron and the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak They met in Paris on Friday for a summit aimed at improving ties after post-Brexit tensions, as well as improving military and trade ties and toughening efforts against Channel migrant crossings. According to Macron’s office, the French-British summit, the first since 2018, is set to open a “new chapter” in relations between the two countries. Earlier this type of event was held almost every year.
Relations between the United Kingdom and France have cooled after Brexit amid wrangling over fishing rights and other issues, and have hit rock-bottom under Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who seems to take pleasure in harassing the French. his successor, Liz TrussLast year ruffled French feathers when he said the “jury is out” on whether Macron was a friend or foe.
But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine brought Britain and its European neighbors together in support of Kiev, and after a brief and economically destabilizing stint of truce the pragmatic, technocratic craze took office in October. Improved.
Sunak’s visit also comes two weeks before King Charles III’s trip to France and then Germany on his first state visit since becoming monarch, in British efforts to build bridges with European neighbours.
According to Macron’s statement from the Elysee Palace, “the summit will be an opportunity to reaffirm and deepen close cooperation in terms of military support to Ukraine,” as the two countries are the only nuclear powers in the region.
A delegation of seven senior ministers from each country will participate, including those responsible for foreign affairs, defense and domestic issues.
Last month Britain and the EU announced a breakthrough in talks to resolve a dispute over post-Brexit trade arrangements for Northern Ireland. Britain has also cautiously welcomed Macron’s proposal for a European Political Community, a new forum that aims to promote security and prosperity across the continent. Launched in October, it brings together existing EU members, the Balkans and Eastern Europe as well as aspiring partners in the UK and Turkey.
Sunak wants closer co-operation on measures to stop the thousands of migrants crossing the Channel from France to England.
The UK and France signed a deal in November to increase police patrols on beaches in northern France – with London agreeing to pay Paris 72.2 million euros over 2022-2023 – and Sunak said on Friday to strengthen further cooperation expected to do. Tackling illegal immigration.
According to Sunak’s office, Friday’s talks will aim to “make the small boat route across the Channel impractical, save lives and dismantle organized crime groups to prevent further illegal migration”.
The UK announced controversial plans this week to detain and deport small boat arrivals, but almost no country has agreed to accept any deportations.
However, soon after the meeting in Paris, there would be a reminder of an issue that has angered France.
Sunak will fly to the United States in 2021 for a meeting with President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on a three-way defense deal that saw Australia back out of a deal to buy French submarines.


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