The US State Department announced today, Friday, that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will hold talks next week with French officials in the capital, Paris, after the French anger and the crisis that followed Australia’s cancellation of the contract to purchase French submarines in favor of another American.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Blinken will travel to Paris from Monday to Wednesday to attend the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) meeting, “and will also meet with his French counterparts to continue talks on strengthening the vital relationship between the United States and France on a range of issues.”
Price added that Blinken and the French will discuss in particular “security in the Indo-Pacific region” but also “the climate crisis, economic recovery after the Covid-19 epidemic, the transatlantic relationship and cooperation with our allies and partners to meet challenges and seize opportunities at the global level.”
Last month, France expressed its anger over Australia’s termination of a contract to buy 12 French submarines worth 55 billion euros to buy American nuclear-powered submarines.
Paris accused the United States of treason and briefly recalled its ambassador to Washington for consultations.
And it seems that the severity of the diplomatic crisis began to subside after phone conversations between US Presidents Joe Biden and French Emmanuel Macron last week, during which Biden admitted that the United States could have communicated better with its ally.
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