Foreign ministries from Germany and the UK have released a statement suggesting closer collaboration as well as the UK’s backing for Germany to have “a new permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council.”
Germany took a step toward fulfilling its long-held ambition of becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council, with Britain lending its support to the notion on Wednesday.
“We support a new permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the Federal Republic of Germany,” a joint statement from the UK and German foreign ministries said, adding the two countries agreed to hold an annual “strategic dialogue” on global affairs.
The statement, signed by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and British counterpart Dominic Raab, highlights the wish to work towards “responsible leadership on foreign policy issues in support of multilateralism and a rules-based international order.”
“We affirm our commitment to the strategic unity of Europe,” the statement continued, “and our joint unconditional commitment to Euro-Atlantic security.”
Germany has sought for years to gain a permanent seat on the body aimed at ensuring international peace and security, where fellow European nations the UK and France are permanent members, but, so far, Berlin has made little headway.