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French foreign minister at German Cabinet under new pact

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, center, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, arrive for the cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BERLIN (AP) — France's foreign minister is attending a meeting of Germany's Cabinet, following up on a friendship treaty that the two European powers signed earlier this year.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said as he welcomed French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday he hoped the visit was "setting in motion a long-lasting tradition." The two ministers are set to meet again in New York later this week, where Germany is coordinating its presidency of the U.N. Security Council in April with France's presidency this month.

France and Germany signed a pact in January renewing the decades-old friendship between two countries that have traditionally led European integration but also had frequent disagreements. It calls for a member of one country's government to attend the other's Cabinet at least once per quarter.

Geran Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian meet in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday March 27, 2019. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
Geran Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian meet in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday March 27, 2019. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
Geran Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian meet in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday March 27, 2019. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, center, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, arrive for the cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, center, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, arrive for the cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)