Macron, Sunak to hold first meeting at COP27

French President Emmanuel Macron and Rishi Sunak will meet Monday on the sidelines of a UN climate summit for the first time since the British premier took office, Macron's office said.
(L to R) UN's climate change Communications Officer Alexander Saier, UN's climate change executive secretary Simon Stiell, and COP27 President Sameh Shoukry listen to questions following the opening ceremony of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly known as COP27, at the Sharm El Sheikh International Convention Centre, in Egypt's Red Sea resort of the same name. - The UN's COP27 climate summit kicked off in Egypt with warnings against backsliding on efforts to cut emissions and calls for rich nations to compensate poor countries after a year of extreme weather disasters. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Rishi Sunak will meet Monday on the sidelines of a UN climate summit for the first time since the British premier took office, Macron’s office said.
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Dozens of heads of state and government, including Macron and the recently named Sunak, are expected to converge on Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for the UN’s COP27 summit, which began on Sunday.

Macron and Sunak spoke over the phone late last month, with Downing Street saying that they had agreed on greater cooperation to prevent migrant crossings across the Channel.

The British prime minister stressed the “importance for both nations to make the Channel route completely unviable for people traffickers”, according to Downing Street.
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In an article published in the British newspaper the Mail on Sunday, interior minister Suella Braverman said she had been working with her French counterpart Gerald Darmanin “to build greater cooperation and make better use of UK surveillance technology”.

This year, a record 37,570 people have crossed the Channel to England in small boats.

The issue has caused a major political headache for the UK government, which promised tighter border controls after leaving the European Union.

Tensions have risen between London and Paris, with the UK government accusing France of not doing enough to stop the crossings.
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The Mail on Sunday reported that Sunak’s government wants to sign a deal with France on cross-Channel cooperation “in the coming weeks”.

The Times reported last month, citing government sources, that Sunak wants to tighten up the terms of a draft deal with France and make it “more ambitious”.

Sunak wants the draft deal with France to include a minimum number of French officers patrolling beaches, the report said.
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