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France, Germany reach co-op treaty

Staff Correspondent

22 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, and Germany’s Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel, will sign a new cooperation treaty in Aachen in Germany on Tuesday.

The representatives of the European Union institutions will also be present, said a joint press release from Franco-German embassy in Dhaka. 

The two countries first signed such a treaty, the Elysee Treaty, 56 years ago in Paris on January 22, 1963.

France’s President, the General de Gaulle, and Germany’s Chancellor, Dr Konrad Adenauer, signed the treaty on cooperation between the two countries.

The Elysee Treaty marked the beginning of an era of friendship and cooperation between Germany and France after more than a century of tensions and wars, which led to the 20th century’s two world wars that involved so many countries and provoked millions of casualties.

It took the great leadership of both Heads of State and Government to create the conditions of the reconciliation and cooperation 18 years after the end of the war.

The first treaty was about reconciliation, the new one focuses on convergence, on bringing closer our socio-economic models and on joint positions in the international fora, in the context of the European integration.

Apart from the the treaty between the two Governments, an agreement will also be signed between the Bundestag, the German parliament, and the Assemblée Nationale, the French parliament, creating a 100 members strong French-German Parliamentary Assembly.

In a volatile international and European context, France and Germany recall, in the solemn form of a treaty between our two States, their shared commitment to values as the rule of law and multilateralism as well as their joint responsibility to build a sovereign and united Europe.