Wednesday 23 October 2019

France’s foreign minister attends German cabinet meeting

The rapprochement follows an agreement between the nations in January.

Geran Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian meet in Berlin (Kay Nietfeld/AP)
Geran Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian meet in Berlin (Kay Nietfeld/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

France’s foreign minister has attended a meeting of Germany’s cabinet, following up on a friendship treaty that the two European powers signed earlier this year.

German foreign minister Heiko Maas said as he welcomed French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday he hoped the visit was “setting in motion a long-lasting tradition”.

The two ministers are set to meet again in New York later this week, where Germany is coordinating its presidency of the UN security council in April with France’s presidency this month.

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German chancellor Angela Merkel, centre, shows French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian his seat (Markus Schreiber/AP)

France and Germany signed a pact in January renewing the decades-old friendship between two countries that have traditionally led European integration but also had frequent disagreements.

It calls for a member of one country’s government to attend the other’s cabinet at least once per quarter.

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