Published on Thursday1stDecember2016

Flanagan commends positive talks with Minister Ayrault

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Minister Flanagan with Minister Ayrault today

Foreign Affaris Minister Charlie Flanagan has concluded a two day visit to Paris focussed on bilateral relations, enhanced trade opportunities and EU and international matters, including Brexit. 

Minister Flanagan had a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at the Quai d'Orsay today. Following his meeting Minister Flanagan stated:

Minister Ayrault and I had a very good discussion this morning about the most urgent foreign policy challenges facing our two countries. We reaffirmed our shared commitment to the EU, to our common values and to enhancing the already strong relations between our two countries which stretch back over 1400 years.

I was reassured by Minister Ayrault's strong understanding of Ireland's unique situation in the context of Brexit, his commitment to supporting our Peace Process and the strong bonds of friendship between our governments and our countries.

As well as Brexit and the EU more generally, we also discussed the tragic conflict in Syria, the situation in Ukraine and France's ongoing efforts to progress the Middle East Peace Process.

Read the press release here for more information.