France, Germany Pledge Closer Ties 01/21 09:48
PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela
Merkel have pledged to agree on a new French-German treaty this year to deepen
cooperation between the two countries.
In a joint statement Sunday, both leaders say they will seek closer economic
ties and convergence on tax issues.
They also want to develop a common diplomatic approach, boost cooperation on
foreign affairs and security including the fight against terrorism, and "defend
more effectively French-German common interest and values."
The statement was timed to commemorate 55 years since the signing of the
1963 Elysee friendship treaty, which marked the reconciliation between France
and Germany after World War II.
The leaders also pledged to improve cooperation in education and research
and to develop joint proposals for climate protection.