Minister Anthony Blinken will participate in the meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, in a visit that is gaining significant importance due to the tension between the two countries over the submarine crisis.
The US Department of State has announced that Secretary Anthony Blinken will travel to Paris, October 4-6, to chair the OECD Ministerial Council meeting and celebrate the organization’s 60th anniversary.
The US delegation will include the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, the US Trade Representative, the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment.
Minister Blinken will also meet with his French counterparts “to continue discussions on strengthening vital relationships on a range of issues including security in the Indo-Pacific region, the climate crisis, economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the transatlantic relationship, and working with allies and partners to address global challenges and opportunities.” .
Blinken’s visit comes after strained relations between Paris and Washington, against the backdrop of Australia’s retreat from a deal concluded in 2016 with the French “Naval Group” group to buy submarines to obtain British and American nuclear ones, which caused France to lose tens of billions of dollars.
Earlier, the French Foreign Minister described Australia’s termination of the submarine purchase contract with France as a “stab in the back”, while the French ambassador in Washington was summoned for consultations.
Secretary Blinken will also visit Mexico, October 7-8, to co-lead the US delegation to the US-Mexico High-Level Security Dialogue, according to a US State Department statement.