Jean-Yves Le Drian visits London

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, visited London on 14 May

1. His meeting with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson provided an opportunity to highlight France and Britain’s very similar views on the main international issues.

Referring to his previous visit to London in the wake of the attacks in London Bridge and Borough Market last year, the Minister thanked Boris Johnson for his condolences following the terrorist attack in Paris on Sunday 13 May 2018.

The Minister recalled that these tragic events showed “the need to continue the fight against terrorism and for security – issues on which we’re totally in step”.

On Iran, the two ministers reiterated their shared position of support for the Vienna agreement, “because it’s the best way and the only way of guarding against the risks of proliferation”.

2. M. Le Drian then had a meeting with David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. The Foreign Minister noted the British stance and reiterated his support for Michel Barnier in taking the negotiations to a successful conclusion.
3. The Minister also visited the Institut français to meet the last two cohorts of Franco-British Young Leaders.

The Young Leaders, made up of talented young French and British people from every field (culture, politics, the economy, law, voluntary organizations etc.) represent the future of France-UK ties.

The Minister encouraged the young people he met to make concrete proposals to benefit the bilateral relationship, saying: “The Young Leaders programme has a role to play, at its own level, in helping us get through this new phase in the relationship between France, the EU and the United Kingdom.”

4. The Foreign Minister concluded his visit by meeting London’s French community at a reception held at the French Residence.

This community, which continues to grow, is “a sign that French talent is (…) appreciated and sought after”, said the Minister. “You paint a picture of our country which showcases what’s best about it”. Referring to the negotiations under way on Brexit, the Minister told the French community that its concerns would continue to be taken into account, relayed and defended, in Paris and Brussels.

See the text of the press conference between Boris Johnson and Jean-Yves Le Drian here:

See photos of the visit here

Published on 18/05/2018

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