Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has spoken to Emmanuel Macron, the French President, and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, by phone regarding the Iran nuclear deal.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
“The Prime Minister held separate phone calls with the French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday and this morning.
They discussed the importance of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) as the best way of neutralising the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, agreeing that our priority as an international community remained preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
They agreed that there were important elements that the deal does not cover, but which we need to address – including ballistic missiles, what happens when the deal expires, and Iran’s destabilising regional activity.
Acknowledging the importance of retaining the JCPoA, they committed to continue working closely together and with the US on how to tackle the range of challenges that Iran poses – including those issues that a new deal might cover.
They also noted the vital importance of our steel and aluminium industries and their concern about the impact of US tariffs. The leaders pledged to continue to work closely with the rest of the EU and the US Administration with the aim of a permanent exemption from US tariffs.
Finally, they all agreed on the value of continued engagement in the E3 format (Britain, France and Germany) to advance our shared interests and our security”.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has met with the German and French leaders in Brussels to discuss the Salisbury Attack which has been attributed to the Russians. The Prime Minister gave further details of the attack to Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, with the three countries agreeing a stance on Russia.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
“Prime Minister Theresa May today met with President Macron and Chancellor Merkel on the fringes of the European Council in Brussels. The Prime Minister provided the President and Chancellor with a detailed update on the investigation into the reckless use of a military nerve agent, of a type produced by Russia, on the streets of Salisbury.
She said there had been a positive identification of the chemical used as part of the Novichok group of nerve agents by our world leading scientists at Porton Down. The Prime Minister also outlined our knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent; Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations.
The UK, Germany and France reaffirmed that there is no plausible explanation other than that the Russian state was responsible. The leaders agreed on the importance of sending a strong European message in response to Russia’s actions and agreed to remain in close contact in coming days. On Iran, they reaffirmed their commitment to the JCPOA and agreed to hold further discussions in April”.
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Donald Trump, the President of the United States, have issued their support to the British Government during phone calls made to Theresa May, the Prime Minister.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said about Merkel:
“The Prime Minister spoke to Chancellor Merkel earlier this afternoon to update her on the ongoing investigation into the Salisbury incident.
The Prime Minister set out the conclusion reached by the UK Government that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal. They discussed the pattern of aggressive Russian behaviour and agreed it would be important to act in unison with allies to counter it.
Chancellor Merkel condemned the attack and said she stood in full solidarity with the UK. They agreed that the international community should coordinate closely as the investigation developed and in the wake of Russia’s response”.
On the Trump call, the spokesperson said:
“The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump earlier this afternoon to update him on the ongoing investigation into the Salisbury incident. The Prime Minister set out the conclusion reached by the UK Government that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
President Trump said the US was with the UK all the way, agreeing that the Russian Government must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used”.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has today spoken to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, by phone to discuss numerous issues including the current situation in Iran and the United States’s new policy on the nuclear deal.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said in a statement:
“The Prime Minister spoke to Chancellor Merkel earlier this morning. They discussed Iran and President Trump’s decision not to recertify the nuclear deal. They agreed the UK and Germany both remained firmly committed to the deal. They also agreed the international community needed to continue to come together to push back against Iran’s destabilising regional activity, and to explore ways of addressing concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile programme. They agreed to discuss further at the European Council in Brussels next week.
They looked ahead to next week’s Council, agreeing on the importance of continued constructive progress in the UK’s exit negotiations”.
A spokesman for Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, has confirmed that she had spoken to numerous European leaders following her appointment.
The spokesman said:
“The Prime Minister took a number of congratulatory calls from European leaders this evening.
The Prime Minister spoke first to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel who phoned from Kyrgyzstan. The German Chancellor congratulated the Prime Minister on her appointment, invited the Prime Minister to visit and said that she hoped to see her at the G20 in September.
They agreed that they wanted to establish a constructive relationship, recognising the importance of close co-operation between the UK and Germany.
President Hollande also called to offer his congratulations and to wish the Prime Minister well in her new role.
They discussed the importance of the bilateral relationship, particularly security and defence co-operation and also the joint work on border controls in Calais.
The Prime Minister offered her best wishes to the President and the people of France for Bastille Day tomorrow and the President invited the Prime Minister to visit Paris.
Finally, the Prime Minister spoke to the Irish Taoiseach who wished her the best of luck and welcomed her commitment to make the United Kingdom a country that works for everyone.
They both agreed that the strong collaboration between our countries should continue and the Taoiseach offered to visit London soon for talks on how they could best work together to achieve this.
On all the phone calls, the Prime Minister emphasised her commitment to delivering the will of the British people to leave the European Union.
The Prime Minister explained that we would need some time to prepare for these negotiations and spoke of her hope that these could be conducted in a constructive and positive spirit”.
A spokesman for David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has confirmed that he spoke to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. The spokesman said:
“The Prime Minister spoke to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, this evening.
They discussed yesterday’s terrible attacks in Brussels and agreed on the importance of standing together in solidarity with the Belgians to confront the terrorist threat and on the need to continue close security cooperation.
They also discussed the EU-Turkey deal agreed in Brussels last week, noting that full, proper and swift implementation was crucial. They agreed returns needed to be processed quickly, and that it would be important for Turkey to continue its efforts to prevent migrants from reaching the Greek islands in the first place”.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spoke with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and according to a Downing Street spokesman made progress with EU renegotiation discussions.
A spokesman said:
“On the UK renegotiation, they agreed that there had been progress since December’s European Council and that there was genuine good will across the EU to address the British people’s concerns in all four areas. Both concluded that there was more work to do ahead of the February European Council to find the right solutions.
They also discussed the migration crisis, agreeing that a strong external European border and close co-operation with Turkey are vital.
Finally, they talked about preparations for next week’s Syria donors conference. They agreed that with senior representatives from around the world in attendance, the conference has the potential to deliver a substantial increase in both financial and practical support for refugees that would help them to stay in the region”.