Foreign Minister and Boris Johnson discuss Nice and Brexit
United Kingdom – Conversation between M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and his British counterpart, Mr Boris Johnson – Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson
Paris, 16 July 2016
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, spoke on the telephone to his new British counterpart, Boris Johnson, on 16 July 2016.
Boris Johnson said he was deeply distressed by the attack in Nice and expressed his country’s solidarity with France in this terrible ordeal. The two ministers spoke of stepping up cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Following the British referendum, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Boris Johnson emphasized their commitment to the close partnership between France and the United Kingdom. Jean-Marc Ayrault stressed that the forthcoming negotiations on the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union should take place as smoothly as possible and transparently.
The two ministers will meet on 18 July in Brussels, where they will take part in a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council./.