Washington said that US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, will visit Paris next week against the backdrop of tension in relations between the United States and France due to the “submarine crisis.”
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement issued today, Friday, that Blinken will visit Paris from Monday to Wednesday, chair a ministerial meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and hold talks with French officials.
Price said US climate envoy John Kerry, US Trade Representative Catherine Taye and US officials in Paris will join Blinken.
After that, the US Secretary of State will travel to Mexico for high-level security talks next Friday.
On September 15, US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a joint statement announcing the establishment of a new partnership in the fields of defense and security called “AUKUS”, and the first project in its framework will be to build submarines. Nuclear Australia’s Naval War Fleet.
Relations between France on the one hand and the United States and Australia on the other entered a period of open crisis, as the Australian government, through the establishment of this new partnership, canceled a $40 billion deal to buy French submarines and decided to replace them with American nuclear-fueled ones, prompting Paris to describe the matter as “betrayal and a stab.” In the afternoon” and a “decision in the manner” of former US President Donald Trump.
Later, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced that Paris had decided to recall its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra against the backdrop of these developments, and later accused Britain of “continuous opportunism.”
US Presidents Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron held a phone call later, during which they pledged to start “intense consultations” on the two countries’ relations and agreed to return Paris as its ambassador to Washington.