The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian started a new tradition today: as of now, a member of the Government of France or Germany will take part in the cabinet meeting of the other government each quarter. This intensified cooperation is enshrined in the Treaty of Aachen, in which Germany and France set out an ambitious programme of collaboration in January.
Before driving together to the cabinet meeting, Foreign Minister Maas met his colleague for breakfast at the Federal Foreign Office. Their talks focused on the Treaty of Aachen and cooperation in the UN Security Council.
Foreign Minister Maas said after the talks:
Germany and France have put forward a joint programme at the UN. At the end of the week, we will be meeting in New York when France passes on the presidency to Germany and will continue our close cooperation on multilateralism and women, peace and security.
Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed the strong message that the two countries wanted to send together in the Security Council. He said that they wanted to use the “Jumelage” to continue work on key issues such as Africa, multilateralism as well as humanitarian law. Le Drian added that France and Germany would also be acting together in the spirit of the Treaty of Aachen at the G7 ministerial meeting in his home region of Brittany at the end of next week.
Implementing the Treaty of Aachen
The two Foreign Ministers spoke about how the Treaty of Aachen can quickly make day-to-day life easier for people on both sides of the border. Especially when it comes to cross-border cooperation, the two countries want to remove many bureaucratic obstacles and further facilitate cooperation.