Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will have meetings with Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, this afternoon. His visit falls within the framework of France’s regular dialogue with Ireland.
During his meeting, Mr. Le Drian will notably discuss the negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, including the development of transport routes between Ireland and France. France stands in solidarity with Ireland with respect to the need to ensure the absence of a physical border with Northern Ireland following the UK’s withdrawal.
The ministers will also discuss the Middle East peace process. As at previous meetings, Mr. Le Drian and Mr. Coveney will discuss relations with Africa. Indeed, our two countries share the same belief that major EU investment is needed to ensure that Africa is able to address our common challenges, including with respect to migration. Issues relating to European security will also be discussed.
The meeting with Ms. Loiseau will provide an opportunity to continue the discussions on Brexit. The ministers will also discuss the next Multiannual Financial Framework. Our countries notably share the same position with respect to maintaining the budget for the Common Agricultural Policy. Ms. Loiseau will also discuss the taxation of digital services and our desire to ensure that the European Commission’s proposal is adopted by the end of the year.