British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirms his desire to “work closely” with France

The British leader spoke to Emmanuel Macron on Monday on the sidelines of the UN’s 27th climate conference.

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It was the first time they met. The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, newly in power After resignation of Liz Truss October 20, spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday 7 November on the sidelines of COP27 in Egypt. Rishi Sunak he said he would “close cooperation” with France on immigration, Downing Street confirmed that a deal on the issue was being finalised.

“It was great to meet President Macron to talk not only about the fight against illegal immigration, but also about other areas where we want to work closely with the French.”, said the British leader. Emmanuel Macron and Rishi Sunak had already decided during a phone interview at the end of October to cooperate more on immigration, while almost 40,000 people have already risked their lives crossing the Channel on small boats since the start of the crisis.

This is a “complex problem” WHO “will not be solved overnight”, Rishi Sunak said as his team comes under pressure to deal with the influx of migrants, with recent revelations of an overcrowded reception center and the throwing of incendiary devices at another center near Dover. “I think there is an opportunity to seize to work together, not only with the French, but also with other countries”, assessed the British prime minister, specifying that he would provide more details “in the next few weeks”.

For its part, however, the Elysée merely confirmed that the two leaders would “remain in contact to promote coordination between the two countries in light of the challenge of irregular migration”. Emmanuel Macron also invited Rishi Sunak to a conference on Ukraine on December 13 in Paris.

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