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Published on May 12, 2010
Appointment of William Hague as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom – Statement by Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, May 12, 2010

I extend my most sincere congratulations to William Hague on his appointment as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom.

I intend to pursue and strengthen with him the excellent cooperation forged with our British friends in order to take up the many challenges confronting our two countries.

The Franco-British entente is indeed essential for providing effective solutions to challenges such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and global warming.

Everywhere, France and the United Kingdom are together carrying out, in international organizations and on the ground, ambitious projects for development and fighting poverty. I am thinking particularly of Africa, where our two countries’ joint action is helping to build a renewed partnership between Europe and Africa and decisively addressing the crises threatening the stability of that continent.

Our joint efforts are also an essential pillar of the development of Europe’s collective ability to deal with the difficulties it is facing and for enabling it to carry weight in world affairs. Indeed, our two countries share great ambitions. They also know that such ambition amounts to nothing if it lacks effective means to assert itself.

I know I can count on trustful relations and daily cooperation between our two foreign ministries to pursue this rich, substantial partnership.

It is together, in Europe, that France and the United Kingdom will make a decisive contribution to peace and international stability./.

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