Foreign Minister Maas visits Paris on first official trip

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to pay first official visit in Paris

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to pay first official visit in Paris, © Thomas Koehler/photothek.net

15.03.2018 - Press release

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

First official visit to a key partner

This was a very special trip. On the same day as he was inaugurated in office, new German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met 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.

I am profoundly convinced that Europe needs the Franco German dynamism in these endeavours. Our cooperation generates a creative energy for Europe when we are looking for joint solutions.

Working together to strengthen Europe

Federal Foreign Minister Maas with his French Counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris
Federal Foreign Minister Maas with his French Counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris© Thomas Koehler/photothek.net

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.

Click here to read FM Maas' full statement ahead of his trip to Paris

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