Joint statement following meeting in Paris on 11 November (11 Nov 2022)

1. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly MP and Secretary of State Catherine Colonna held talks in Paris today and reaffirmed the enduring and essential partnership between France and the UK. On the occasion of Armistice Day, they reflected on their countries’ shared history and sacrifices.

2. The ministers looked forward to the ambitious bilateral summit to be held in France in early 2023. They emphasized the importance of cooperation to solve global and bilateral challenges:

  • On climate change and biodiversity loss, both countries will support international efforts under the Egyptian and UAE presidencies, mainstreaming and increasing urgent climate ambitions across broader multilateral processes.
  • They agreed to cooperate on securing energy supplies and accelerating their transition to clean energy, particularly by supporting the development of offshore wind power. They reaffirmed the importance of reducing the increase in energy prices and the G7 oil price ceiling. Ministers committed to increasing bilateral civil nuclear cooperation and welcomed good progress towards reaching an investment decision for the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project.
  • On illegal migration, they stressed the urgency of tackling all forms of illegal migration, including small boat crossings, and addressing their root causes. They welcomed the progress made towards a significant new agreement between the UK and France and, in that regard, the conclusion of an ambitious package as soon as possible. The ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation with close neighbours, including through an early meeting of the Calais group.

3. They underlined their willingness to provide Ukraine with the political, military, humanitarian and economic support it needs to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity and to increase its resilience in the coming winter and beyond. They deplored the global impact of Russia’s actions and underlined their commitment to mitigating the consequences for the most vulnerable. They agreed to coordinate preparations for the respective upcoming international conferences on civil resilience and recovery. They reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to the fight against impunity.

4. The ministers committed to strengthening cooperation in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific and coordinating responses to the systemic challenges posed by an increasingly assertive China, while remaining prepared to work with China on global challenges such as climate change. France and the United Kingdom will press China, as a permanent member of the UNSC, especially with regard to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, to uphold its responsibilities in the UN, for Ukraine and human rights.

5. On Iran, they condemned Iran’s violent repression of legitimate peaceful protests and Iran’s support for Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine, including through drones used to indiscriminately target civilians and civilian infrastructure. They condemned Iran’s destabilizing activities in and around the Middle East, including transfers of UAVs and missiles, and pledged to strengthen international cooperation to counter these activities. The ministers reiterated their clear determination that Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon and their deep concern about its insufficient cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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