Nicola Sturgeon has claimed Scotland and London have more to gain from working together than being competitors.
The SNP leader spoke alongside London Mayor Sadiq Khan during a Scottish Government COP26 fringe event in Glasgow on Wednesday.
Speaking alongside the former Labour MP, the First Minister admitted that skills between Scotland and the capital are “complementary”.
Sturgeon said: “There is often a perception that Scotland and London are rivals and competitors, and of course every now and again, like any two cities, that may well be the case, but in general and in particular on (climate change) we are far more likely to be partners.
“We stand to gain much more by working together as partners than by focusing on being competitors.
“That’s because our strengths are, in many ways, complementary and we have both set very ambitious targets for reaching net zero.”
“Scotland and London will benefit from working in partnership on this issue and on many other issues besides, and I look forward to discussing that with the mayor today but also in more detail in the weeks, months and years to come.”
At the event the Labour mayor announced a further £30 million of funding in London to stimulate up to £150 million of outward investment.
The event – a green investment showcase hosted by Scottish Enterprise chief executive Adrian Gillespie – was held as COP26 delegates discussed how private finance can contribute to reaching net zero on the summit’s “finance day”.
Khan told the event, attended by businesses and financial professionals, that the relationship between Scotland and London will be a “long and meaningful one”.
He added: “Please see London, if you need to, as a gateway to the world when it comes to finance, or meeting angel investors or partnerships with other markets.
“Because we certainly see Scotland as a hub for talent, as a hub for scale-up.”
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