French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will meet his US counterpart Joe Biden in Rome at the Group of 20 summit in late October to “re-engage” and move on after a disagreement over a US military pact with Australia.
“We will catch up at the G20. I think this is the right opportunity to see how we can re-engage … Slovenia.
Australia’s decision to cancel a large submarine contract with France and instead opt for US-designed ships as part of the new AUKUS security alliance with the US and UK indignant officials in Paris.
Macron and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met earlier Tuesday in Paris to explore ways to overcome the disagreement over the deal.
Macron and Blinken explored potential US-French cooperation in the Pacific and other areas in an approximately 40-minute one-on-one session, according to a senior US State Department official.
Shortly after their engagement, the White House said in a statement that Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan would meet with his French counterpart Emmanuel Bonne in Paris later this week “as part of our ongoing consultations on shared bilateral and regional interests ”.
Associated Australian Press