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UK PM Sunak says he has ‘renewed confidence’ about tackling illegal migration


LONDON: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday he was optimistic about working with France and other European nations to tackle illegal migration after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron at a climate summit.
Pressured by record numbers of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats and arriving England, Sunak met Macron at the COP27 climate summit, their first face-to-face meeting since Sunak became prime minister on October 25.
Relations between Britain and France soured, first under Boris Johnson and then only to deteriorate when Sunak’s immediate predecessor, Liz Truss, questioned whether Macron was friend or foe in her campaign to become prime minister.
Sunak wanted to re-establish relations and described the meeting as excellent and an opportunity to work closely with France and other countries to tackle the problem of illegal migration, which has seen large numbers of people. emigrated to the south of England in recent years.
“You’ll hear more details about that in the coming weeks, as those conversations unfold across all of our teams,” he told reporters in Egypt.
“I truly leave this with renewed faith and optimism that working together with our European partners we can make a difference, overcoming this illegal migration challenge. and stop illegal arrivals.”

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