Foreign Minister Gabriel visits London for bilateral talks
4 April 2017
Foreign Minister Gabriel in London
On 4 April, Sigmar Gabriel visited London for the first time as Foreign Minister and met with his British colleagues Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and David Davis, Secretary for Exiting the EU. The talks with Johnson focussed on Brexit, as well as Syria. Germany and the UK intend to continue to work closely together in the future to find a solution for the conflict.
Gabriel’s visit came only a few days after the United Kingdom’s formal notice to leave the European Union. Although Brexit is a dominant issue between the UK and the EU, its consequences were not the focus of this bilateral visit. Following talks with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Foreign Minister Gabriel emphasised that the negotiations on Britain’s future relationship with the EU could only begin once the conditions of leaving were somewhat clear.
Gabriel went on to say that even if things would be difficult to start with, the common aim in the long run would be to work as well and closely together with the UK as possible.
This was especially important in international cooperation. International security for instance could only be safeguarded together, Gabriel said. Cooperation with the UK was vital with respect to Russia, Turkey and Northern Africa.
Following his meeting with Boris Johnson, Gabriel met with David Davis, Secretary for Exiting the EU, as well as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
German-British cultural relations also played an important role during Minister Gabriel’s trip to London. British Museum and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) will be organising a series of joint events at the “London Arts Festival: Europe and the World”. Representatives of the two museums signed a Memorandum of Agreement in the presence of Sigmar Gabriel and Boris Johnson.
Foreign Minister Gabriel spoke to The Independent on the eve of his trip to the UK.
Click here to read the interview.
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