Foreign Minister Maas met his French opposite number Jean-Yves Le Drian in Berlin on Monday (7 May). In Villa Borsig, the Federal Foreign Office’s guest house located at Lake Tegel, the Foreign Ministers discussed the key global and European challenges.
Maas and Le Drian spoke at length about issues concerning the future of the European Union. “The Franco-German engine has a pivotal role to play here”, stated Maas. The Foreign Minister stressed that when it came to the investment of EU funds, in particular the common foreign and defence policy, border management, as well as education and research should be the focuses.
Franco-German directive signed
Germany and France will work even more closely together in day to day foreign policy business around the world. Maas and Le Drian signed a joint directive to their ministries in which they agreed that German and French diplomats around the globe should cooperate more closely.
In future, German and French embassies abroad will draft joint political analyses and expand strategic cooperation in international bodies even further. “If Germany and France combine their assets, our countries’ voices will carry even more weight”, said Foreign Minister Maas. In practical issues, too, such as assisting nationals in emergencies or securing supplies in crises countries, German and French diplomats will support each other more frequently.