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A British minister said on Saturday that the partnership between France and the UK remains “strong” despite the row between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron over how to handle the illegal immigration crisis in the English Channel. The French government said on Friday that a public letter sent by Johnson to Macron was “unacceptable,” and as a result, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel was disinvited to a meeting with other European ministers on Sunday. Despite the diplomatic row, UK Home Office minister Damian Hinds told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the partnership remains “strong.” “British and French officials have been working together throughout, in fact we’ve been working together for years on these really important issues,” he said. In his letter, Johnson said the two countries needed to “go further and faster together” to deal with the crisis, following the sinking of a boat carrying …