Rishi Sunak Meets With Emmanuel Macron At The Cop27 Summit

Rishi Sunak said there was “lots” to talk about when he met Emmanuel Macron for the first time at Cop27 amid pressure to sign a new deal to curb Channel crossings.The Prime Minister and the French President embraced at the UN climate change conference in Egypt on Monday, during their first face-to-face encounter since Mr Sunak entered Number 10.The pair will discuss “ongoing further co-operation” to tackling the migrant crisis, Downing Street said, adding that the role of the French in tackling Channel crossings was “vitally important”.“Very nice to see you,” Mr Sunak told Mr Macron, adding: “Lots for us to talk about, right?”It comes amid reports Mr Sunak will press for a fresh agreement during the meeting.The Prime Minister wants to agree targets for stopping boats, and a minimum number of French officers patrolling beaches. The Government also hopes Border Force officers can be deployed to France, according to The Times.It is understood a deal is close to being agreed but it is not thought there will be any further announcements by the end of the day.While also reportedly defending his decision to keep Suella Braverman as Home Secretary, Mr Sunak said tackling Channel crossings was his “key priority”, insisting he would push for a new deal with France, The Sun reported.