November 30, 2022

In the midst of the submarine tension, Biden meets Macron in person

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday as the United States sought to prevent it. Fall From France’s anger over an agreement to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia.

In a joint statement following the call, the two leaders acknowledged that “France and our European partners would benefit from transparent consultations between allies on matters of strategic interest.” The two will meet in person at the end of October, they said in the statement.

“President Biden reaffirms the strategic importance of French and European involvement in the Indo-Pacific region, including the structure of the EU’s recently announced strategy in the Indo – Pacific,” the statement said. “The United States recognizes the importance of strong and efficient European defense, which contributes positively to Atlantic and global security and supports NATO.”

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Diplomatic clashes between the United States and France erupted last week over an agreement announced by the Biden administration with Australia to supply nuclear-powered submarines to the country as part of a broader defense agreement that includes the United Kingdom. But the French were expected to sell submarines to Australia under the 2016 agreement.

He said French officials were blindsided by the announcement, which would cost them a $ 66 billion deal. In response, France recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia, canceling a ceremony at its embassy in Washington.

Following Wednesday’s call, Macron said he would allow the French ambassador to return to Washington next week.

Prior to the call, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Macron expected “clear and clear commitment to restructuring” from Biden.

“We expect our partners to acknowledge that the exchanges and consultations that need to take place have not taken place, which raises a question of trust,” Atal said Wednesday. “So, from now on, we will all work together to deal with the consequences.”