Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and then Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, received UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt.
The status of discussions on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union was discussed during the two meetings. France, like other members of the European Union, supports the draft agreement brokered by the European and British negotiators at the end of 2018. It is now up to the British authorities to clarify their intentions.
The two meetings also provided an opportunity to discuss deadlines and the strengthening of our bilateral cooperation, as part of the follow-up to the decisions taken at the Sandhurst summit (January 2018).
Jean-Yves Le Drian and Mr. Hunt discussed the major international issues on which France and the United Kingdom work in a coordinated manner, notably at the UN Security Council. With respect to strategic issues, the two ministers expressed their convergence of views in support of the implementation of the JCPOA, in accordance with international agreements and international security; Jean-Yves Le Drian also reaffirmed our attachment to arms control instruments, which contribute to ensuring strategic stability. With respect to the Middle East, the two ministers notably discussed the situation in northeastern Syria.
Ms. Loiseau also discussed the issues at stake for France’s forthcoming presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.