British Prime Minister Liz Truss and French President Emmanuel Macron held their first telephone conversations on Saturday, September 10. The parties discussed ways to resolve issues caused by the energy crisis, Truss office said.
“Truss and Macron also agreed on the high value of a strong relationship between the UK and France to jointly find a solution to the energy crisis, as well as other security, defense and strategic issues. They agreed to look forward to an early personal meeting to discuss these issues,” the statement said following the talks.
As part of the conversation, Macron expressed “deepest condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.” The interlocutors agreed that the queen left an indelible mark not only in the UK, but throughout the world.
On August 25, during a meeting with members of the Conservative Party in Norwich, British Foreign Secretary Truss answered a question about French President Macron in the spirit of a wise man of biblical times. When asked whether Macron was a friend or foe of Britain, she looked around, laughed and replied that “there is no jury here” to pass judgment on the status of the French leader.
Truss took office as British Prime Minister. On the same day, she met with Queen Elizabeth II, who instructed Truss to assemble a new government. On the same day, Queen Elizabeth II accepted the resignation of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The day before, on September 5, 47-year-old Liz Truss won the election of the new head of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her candidacy was supported by 81,326 ordinary members of the Conservative Party (57%). Her opponent, 42-year-old former finance minister Rishi Sunak, received 60,399 votes (43%).
Liz Truss has become the 56th Prime Minister of Great Britain and the third woman to head the Cabinet after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.