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Status: 06.07.2024 21:34

The new British Foreign Minister Lammy visited Germany as his first nation after taking workplace. He burdened that his nation wished to enhance relations with the EU and work extra carefully collectively in different areas.

Germany and Great Britain are searching for shut contact instantly after the brand new Labour authorities takes workplace. British Foreign Secretary David Lammy visited Germany as the primary nation after his appointment. “This new government in the United Kingdom has formulated its priorities very clearly. We want a new start – a 'reset' – of our relations with Europe,” Lammy informed the Reuters information company.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wrote on X after her assembly with Lammy that the dominion was a “close partner and friend”. Britain has very massive and essential commerce relations with Germany, stated the British Foreign Secretary.

Reorientation of local weather coverage

The new Labour authorities additionally needs to reorient British coverage on local weather change – and a brand new begin with the rising powers of the world. “All of these are issues in which Germany has played a pioneering role, and that means that there can be an important partnership between the United Kingdom and Germany,” burdened the Labour politician. That is why he first visited Berlin instantly after his appointment.

In addition to Baerbock, Lammy additionally met with Chancellor's Office Chief Wolfgang Schmidt. He had introduced that he would rapidly go to a number of allies within the occasion of an election victory.

No re-joining the EU

Lammy burdened that the Labour authorities will not be searching for to rejoin the EU. “We will not rejoin the single market or the customs union, but there is a lot we can do together.” The new authorities needs to place the Brexit years behind it. “That starts with security and a security pact between the United Kingdom and the EU.” Such a pact may cowl points comparable to protection, power and local weather and be very broad in scope.

Lammy additionally introduced a evaluate of commerce relations between the UK and the EU. “I want to make it very clear that the Europeans are our friends and that, given the war in Europe, we must continue to increase our defence spending and work closely together.”

Defence coverage as an extra focus

Baerbock talked about the subjects of cooperation with Great Britain as together with the preparation of the NATO summit in an effort to strengthen European protection. In addition, they need to work collectively on worldwide local weather coverage and within the try and defuse the battle within the Middle East with a two-state answer for Israelis and Palestinians. With regard to the Gaza struggle, the minister described the plan for a ceasefire offered by US President Joe Biden in her contribution on X because the “only way out of the dead end of the war.”

Baerbock described Great Britain as an “indispensable part of Europe”. Germany is inspecting with the brand new British authorities “how the United Kingdom can move closer to the EU again,” she continued. This applies to areas comparable to science, tradition and safety. “We are examining with the new British government how the United Kingdom can move closer to the EU again.”

Scholz and Starmer discuss on the telephone

Discussions have additionally taken place at a better stage: authorities spokesman Steffen Hebestreit introduced that Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the brand new British Prime Minister Keir Starmer had spoken on the telephone. Both agreed that Britain's relations with European nations have been of explicit significance. The Chancellor expressly praised the British Prime Minister's intention to provide new impetus to bilateral relations with Germany. In this spirit, each politicians agreed to work rapidly on additional deepening the cooperation between the governments.