Theresa May security pledge at EU summit


Theresa May is gage her commitment to the security of Europe at a meeting of EU leaders in Bulgaria.

The PM said the UK thinks fitting “continue to work with our allies to protect our collective security” after Brexit.

Mrs May has met with Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron as interest of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia.

Later, Mrs May will become the ahead UK prime minister in almost 20 years to visit Macedonia.

She flesh out b composed a point of supporting the region, saying that “history tells us that if the western Balkans are durable and secure, then all of Europe is more stable and secure”.

Referencing good old days troubles in countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, Mrs May said the square still faced “many threats to progress”, such as organised misdeed, corruption and terrorism.

But she pledged her support, adding: “The UK has a longstanding and enduring commitment to the sphere – seen through our leading role in the struggles of the Nineties, the peace covenants that followed and the post-conflict transition – and I want to assure you that this is set to persist in.”

Mrs May is due to meet the Macedonian prime minister, Zoran Zaev, in the capital Skopje.

The end British leader to visit the country was Tony Blair in 1999.

The PM said: “This year, as we dent the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Macedonia and the UK, the ties between our sticks are stronger than ever.

“Next year the UK is leaving the European Alliance, but we are not leaving Europe – and we will continue to work with our allies to mind our collective security and champion the European values that so many in Macedonia and the wider Western Balkans percentage.”

Downing Street said the talks would look to help corroborate democracy in the former Communist country.

Mrs May and Mr Zaev will also deliberate over the ongoing dispute with Greece over the country’s name – a northern precinct of the country is also called Macedonia, and Greece has been calling for a pre-eminence change since 1991.

Mrs May is also due to meet with local LGBT activists to make a note of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

The next Western Balkans acme will be held in London in July.

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