Following the publication of a letter from the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the French Minister of the Interior Emmanuel Macron regarding immigration crossing points, France withdrew the British Minister of the Interior Pritty Pat Priti Patel’s invitation to attend the Calais Conference.
In a message seen by AFP on Friday, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin stated that he was “Disappointed” A letter from Johnson to the President of France, and at the same time Publish On the Twitter account of the British Prime Minister on Thursday.
Darmanin believes that although France is frustrated by its content, its social media release will only make things worse. As a result, the French government cancelled an emergency meeting with Priti Patel, the Secretary of the Interior of the United Kingdom, originally scheduled to be held on Sunday to deal with the increase in the number of immigrants in the English Channel.
“Priti Patel is no longer invited to participate in Sunday’s inter-ministerial meeting, which will continue with France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the European Commission,” A senior French official told the Financial Times on Friday, confirming the French media report.
In his letter, Johnson called for joint maritime patrols to prevent immigrants from crossing the English Channel, and reached an agreement to send immigrants who successfully arrived in the UK back to France. “If those who arrive in this country are repatriated quickly, people’s motivation to hand their lives into the hands of human traffickers will be greatly reduced.” Johnson wrote.
On Wednesday, after 27 migrants died in transit, Patel will meet with his French counterparts in Calais.France has promised to increase its responsibilities, but according to the Elysee Palace, Johnson is asked not to use this tragedy to achieve “political purpose.”
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