US tries to mend relationship with France after AUKUS submarine deal dispute: Sullivan welcomes ambassador to the White House and Blinken and Kerry announce a trip to Paris to mend ties.
- Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Biden’s climate czar, John Kerry, have announced that they will travel to Paris next week.
- It is part of the latest effort to mend strained relations with France
- This comes after an Australian decision to abandon a deal with France for US subsidiary technology
- The French ambassador announced that he returned to Washington on Thursday
- Philip Etienne tweeted a photo of his White House visit with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan
Top US diplomats will travel to Paris next week in the latest attempt to mend relations with it France That was turned upside down when Australia ditched a French submarine contract in favor of a deal with Washington.
Paris withdrew its ambassador last month in a full diplomatic row with ministers accusing President Biden of stabbing them in the back.
But Ambassador Philip Etienne announced that he was back on Thursday and released a photo of him meeting Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan at White House.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry are now traveling to Paris on Monday for a meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Secretary Blinken will also meet with his French counterparts to continue discussions on further strengthening the vital relationship between the United States and France on a range of issues including security in the Indo-Pacific region, the climate crisis, economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the transatlantic region. relationship, and work with our allies and partners to address global challenges and opportunities,” a spokesperson for Ned Price said announcing the trip.
The French ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne, announced Thursday that he had returned to the United States after being recalled amid anger over the United States’ nuclear submarine agreement with Australia that scrapped the French submarine deal. He tweeted a picture of himself at the White House during a meeting with President Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and climate czar John Kerry head to Paris on Monday for a visit that includes talks to try to rebuild trust with France.
America and the United Kingdom will help Australia build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines as part of an unprecedented alliance known as the AUKUS Charter to combat China’s maritime dominance, the design likely to be similar to the Astute HMS Ambush-class submarine (pictured)
The French diplomatic crisis caused the United States, Australia and Britain to announce on September 15 an Indo-Pacific security partnership that would help Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines.
The AUKUS agreement nullified Australia’s $90 billion deal to purchase French-designed submarines.
The French hype was immediate.
Diplomats canceled a dinner to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Capes, when the French Navy fought the British Royal Navy during the Revolutionary War.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called the deal “a unilateral, brutal and unpredictable decision” like that of former President Trump.
US officials defended the agreement, saying the French government had been warned in advance and that it was up to Australia to explain its decision to change suppliers.
But that only served to inflame tensions.
“We heard about it yesterday,” France’s armed forces minister, Florence Parly, told RFI radio the day after the deal was announced.
A diplomatic source said the deal was top secret. Officials feared that China would launch a “counter-message” attack if Beijing found out.
Last week, Etienne said he was sad to be called up to France, but made clear that his country’s deal with Australia was more than just submarines.
It was ‘not just a contract; It was the cornerstone of our Indo-Pacific strategy that our president presented in Sydney – in Australia in 2018. So there is a lack of transparency,”
There is a breach of trust. There is unpredictability.
At the time, Le Drian said: “This extraordinary decision is justified by the extraordinary gravity of the 15 September announcements by Australia and the United States.”
Signs of thaw emerged last week after a phone call between Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, in which the White House admitted its mistake.
“The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefited from open consultations between allies on issues of strategic importance to France and our European partners,” the White House said.
“President Biden conveyed his continued commitment in this regard.”
And on Thursday, the White House confirmed that Biden’s national security adviser met Etienne after his return.
This meeting came in line with the joint commitment by President Biden and President Macron in their September 22 phone call to begin a process of in-depth consultations on a range of strategic issues, in order to create conditions to ensure confidence and to propose concrete. “Measures toward common goals,” said Emily Horne, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.