Macron to return ambassador to Washington after call with Biden


Paris and Washington announced that French President Emmanuel Macron will return his ambassador to Washington next week, after President Joe Biden agreed with him that consultation before a security agreement with Australia could have prevented a diplomatic row.France recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia last week, accusing Biden of stabbing it in the back, after Australia abandoned a defense contract with Paris to buy submarines worth 40 billion dollars, and replaced them with American submarines.

Macron’s office and the White House said, in a joint statement, that the two leaders had a phone call on Wednesday, during which they agreed to start in-depth consultations to rebuild trust. Macron and Biden will meet in Europe at the end of October.

“The two leaders agreed that it was possible to benefit from open consultations between allies on issues of strategic importance to France and our European partners,” the statement said.

And President Biden expressed his continued commitment in this regard.

Macron’s office said the United States had also pledged to increase its support for anti-terror missions led by European countries in the Sahel region of Africa.

The statement said that the United States “recognizes the importance of a stronger and more capable European defense, which contributes positively to strengthening transatlantic and global security, and is complementary to NATO.”


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