British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly declared on Monday that the UK should look beyond its “traditional” allies to develop partnerships with emerging countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, according to a ministry statement published Saturday night.
The minister will stress the UK’s need to develop stronger relationships with increasingly influential countries from these three regions, even if they are not “traditional partners” of the UK, according to the statement.
He is due to make his first big speech on Monday, two weeks after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the “golden age” between Britain and China was over and that he now viewed relations with Beijing with “strong pragmatism”.
Today, Monday, the British Foreign Secretary stressed that the United Kingdom must develop its relations with countries with increasing influence that will “shape the future of the world” in multiple fields. The United Kingdom is looking for its new place on the international stage after Brexit.
“In the coming decades, a larger part of the global economy will be in the hands of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America,” Cleverly will say.
And he adds: “I want our foreign policy to be constantly anticipating tomorrow and looking ahead 10, 15 and 20 years.”