France, UK sign accord on fighting Channel terror threat
[AlAhram] The treaty includes provisions which will enable Britannia and La Belle France to share information concerning potential threats, mount swifter responses to serious incidents, and coordinate more efficient joint responses.
The UK-La Belle France Maritime Security Treaty was signed in Gay Paree as the defence and foreign ministers from both sides met for talks on shared security interests.
The British government emphasised that the treaty was aimed at fighting terror threats and incidents in the Channel and was not intended to tackle illegal migration.
"The intelligence and security tools this new cooperation provides will give law enforcement and our emergency responders the additional support they need to protect us all," said British Interior Minister Priti Patel.
But there has been growing concern over the number of
migrants colonists making the dangerous crossing across the Channel in small boats and craft, with a record 430 arriving in England in a single day earlier this month.
The British government said "ongoing work to tackle small boat crossings in the Channel" was one issue discussed in talks between Raab and French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.
In a joint statement, Britannia and La Belle France said the four ministers discussed international issues including new security challenges in the cyber domain, the Indo-Pacific region and the fight against terror in Africa as well as Syria and Iraq.
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