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France to cooperate with Madagascar over disputed islands

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says France will cooperate with Madagascar to find a solution for the Glorioso Islands, a tiny, uninhabited archipelago in the Indian Ocean which is disputed by the two countries.

In a speech Friday on Reunion island, at the end of a four-day trip to French overseas territories, Macron said he wants the countries to have a "shared agenda" on the archipelago, especially to protect its biodiversity.

A joint commission on the issue will hold its first meeting next month. Macron visited the Glorioso Islands Wednesday — a first for a French president. Located between the French overseas island of Mayotte and Madagascar, the islands used to be part of the French colonies.

Madagascar has claimed sovereignty over them since its independence from France in 1960.

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