After the “submarine crisis”, the US Secretary of State visits Paris

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will travel to Paris next week, after tensions between the United States and France, following Australia’s cancellation of a contract for French submarines in favor of an agreement with Washington, last month.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement on 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 will travel to Mexico for high-level security talks next Friday.

On September 15, the United States, Australia and Britain announced a security partnership in the Indo-Pacific region that would help Australia obtain US nuclear-powered submarines.

The partnership led to the cancellation of a $40 billion deal to buy French submarines, and France reacted angrily, saying that canceling the deal was a “stab in the back.”

US Presidents Joe Biden and French Emmanuel Macron held a phone call the following week, during which they pledged to start “intense consultations” on the relations of the two countries.


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