A symbol of Franco-German friendship – Foreign Minister Maas to visit Paris France

On his first official trip abroad, Foreign Minister Maas will visit Paris

On his first official trip abroad, Foreign Minister Maas will visit Paris , © Thomas Koehler/photothek.net

14.03.2018 - Article

Relations with France remain the cornerstone of German foreign policy. Just a few hours after his inauguration, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will travel to Paris. 

First official visit to a key partner

This is a very special trip. On the same day as he is inaugurated in office, new German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will meet his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian for talks in Paris. France remains Germany’s most important partner country and a key player in the future of Europe. 

Working together to strengthen Europe

The momentum generated by France as regards renewing the EU should now be used. Germany and France want to work together to strengthen Europe. At the same time, they will work closely with all other EU Member States and foster cohesion in the EU as a whole. 
Germany and France aim to become even more integrated in the spheres of politics, business, culture and (civil) society. 

Joining forces on international issues

The close friendship and partnership between Germany and France extends far beyond bilateral and European issues. The Foreign Ministers will thus discuss the nuclear agreement with Iran, the conflict in Syria and the situation in Russia and Ukraine during their talks in Paris. France and Germany will continue working closely together on all areas in the future.

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