Ireland – France Joint Declaration by Ministers Coveney and Le Drian
Publication20 May 2021
Joint declaration between Ireland and France following the visit of Minister Le Drian and Minister Beaune to Ireland
Ireland’s relationship with France is one of enduring friendship and affinity going back centuries. The bonds are numerous and deep, whether our shared heritage dating back to Celtic and Norman times, the inspiration provided by the French Revolution to Ireland’s own bid for independence or the collective sacrifice which both countries endured during World War I.
France and Ireland are two strong Partners within the European Union, with France now Ireland’s closest EU neighbour. On the international stage, France and Ireland are collaborating closely together as members of the UN Security Council, seeking to promote those fundamental values which lie at the heart of the European project. Our political and economic relations are thriving, our people-to-people links strong and vibrant while culture remains at the heart of our connections.
The mutual desire is to take our relations to another level, including by drawing on the strategy document “Together in Spirit and Action” issued by Ireland in August 2019.
In recognition of this and in order to further strengthen and deepen relations between our two countries, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Ireland and France, agree to develop a substantive and strategic Joint Plan of Action for adoption in the second half of 2021.
Read the full joint declaration between Ireland and France below: