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UK foreign secretary Johnson pledges solidarity with France

  • French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault, right, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson address the media during their joint press conference at the ministry of foreign affairs in Paris, France, Thursday, July 28, 2016. New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson holds a press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault during his first official visit to France in his post. (AP Photo/Thomas Padilla)

    French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault, right, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson address the media during their joint press conference at the ministry of foreign affairs in Paris, France, Thursday, July 28, 2016. New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson holds a press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault during his first official visit to France in his post. (AP Photo/Thomas Padilla)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault, right, shakes hands with Britain Foreign Minister Boris Johnson prior to their meeting at the ministry of foreign affairs in Paris, France, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Jeremy Lempin/Pool Photo via AP)

    French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault, right, shakes hands with Britain Foreign Minister Boris Johnson prior to their meeting at the ministry of foreign affairs in Paris, France, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Jeremy Lempin/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses the media during a joint press conference with his French counterpart, Jean Marc Ayrault, at the ministry of foreign affairs in Paris, France, Thursday, July 28, 2016. New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson holds a press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault during his first official visit to France in his post. (AP Photo/Thomas Padilla)

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses the media during a joint press conference with his French counterpart, Jean Marc Ayrault, at the ministry of foreign affairs in Paris, France, Thursday, July 28, 2016. New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson holds a press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault during his first official visit to France in his post. (AP Photo/Thomas Padilla)  (The Associated Press)

Boris Johnson has made his first official visit to Paris as the new British foreign secretary, meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault for talks on bilateral cooperation and the fight against extremism.

Johnson surprised media Thursday by speaking in fluent French without accent. He referred to recent attacks on French soil, pledging solidarity from Britain: "The threats we face are the same."

In a joint statement, the two ministers condemned the situation in Syria and the continued siege of Aleppo "by the Syrian regime."

Johnson's trip was overshadowed by comments made earlier this month by Ayrault who accused Johnson of having "lied a lot" to the British public during the referendum campaign to leave the EU.