Jean-Marc Ayrault congratulates counterpart Boris Johnson
Translation of the Letter of 14 July 2016 from M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to the Rt Hon. Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
I am writing to extend to you my warmest congratulations on your appointment as Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom.
I look forward to the prospect of helping to strengthen with you the historic partnership which deeply unites our two countries. It is up to us to continue and make thrive the many common projects, in every sphere, which shape the future of our relations and represent an opportunity for our two peoples.
At a time when the British have decided, in full sovereignty, to leave the European Union, our mutual interest consists in organizing the United Kingdom’s exit in an orderly manner, as soon as possible, in the framework provided for by the treaty and with the transparency we owe our fellow citizens. In this delicate phase, you can count on me as a partner who is always ready to listen, is true to the European values which unite us and is mindful of the European interest.
The world is facing numerous security, economic, social and environmental challenges. The UK and France, both permanent members of the Security Council, have always acted in concert to provide common responses to them. I am certain our commitment will continue, with the renewed energy that circumstances demand.
We shall very shortly have an opportunity to meet, in order to begin working together. I would be happy to welcome you to Paris as soon as your schedule allows.
I wish you every success in accomplishing the noble mission with which you are entrusted.
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