Liz Truss ends rivalry with Macron after 'foe or friend' question

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In an apparent hint of a reconciliation with her French counterpart, Prime Minister Liz Truss has today acknowledged Emmanuel Macron is a “friend”. The Prime Minister made the comments on the sidelines of the inaugural summit of the European Political Community (EPC) in Prague. Liz Truss is hoping to build stronge relations with European and non-European counterparts to tackle a series of issues like the energy crisis.

When asked if Macron is a foe or a friend, she told Sky News: “We are both very clear that the foe is Vladimir Putin who has through his appalling war in Ukraine threatened freedom and democracy in Europe and pushed up energy prices, which we’re now all having to deal with.”

The Sky News reporter then asked: “He’s a friend, you can say that.”

Ms Truss said: “He’s a friend.” 

 

In an effort to tackle the challenges crippling the UK, Liz Truss has joined European and non-European leaders in a new group dedicated to advancing security and energy cooperation across the continent.

The first meeting of the European Political Community (EPC) in the Czech capital has been billed as an opportunity for political cooperation across the bloc.

With her latest comments, the Prime Minister appears to have turned over a new leaf with her French counterpart.

During the leadership election, the then Tory contender Truss refused to to say whether the French President was a “friend or foe”. Instead of giving a clear-cut answer, she said: “The jury’s out.”

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