Prime Minister Theresa May to meet Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande on first overseas trip of premiership

 
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Theresa May's first diplomatic visit was to see Nicola Sturgeon (Source: Getty)

Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet with her German and French counterparts when she makes the first overseas trip of her premiership.

Later this week May will fly to Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, before heading to Paris to meet with French President Francois Hollande.

The visits come after the tragic Nice attacks which left more than 80 people dead and many more injured.

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A Downing Street spokesperson said: "On Wednesday, following Prime Minister's Questions, she will travel to Berlin for a bilateral meeting and a working dinner with Chancellor Merkel.

"This will be an opportunity to discuss the bilateral relationship, co-operation on a range of global challenges, and of course how the UK and Germany can work together as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

"Then on Thursday, the Prime Minister will visit France for a bilateral meeting with President Hollande at the Elysee.

"The talks are likely to cover similar issues as those in Berlin, as well as Thursday's attack in Nice and counter-terrorism co-operation."

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Her visits will follow foreign secretary Boris Johnson's meeting today with his counterparts at an EU council of foreign affairs meeting, focussing on the Nice attacks and the attempted coup in Turkey over the weekend.

May's first diplomatic visit was to Scotland last week where she met with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to discuss the Brexit vote and Scotland's role.

Today she has visited Wales to support its steel industry, which was welcomed by Steel UK.

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