U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged that repairing ties with Paris will take time.
Relations with the U.S.’s oldest ally continue to falter after the U.S., England and Australia announced a new Indo-Pacific security initiative aimed at countering China’s rise. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, met with French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, today in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Following a discussion between President Biden and President Macron, Blinken and Le Drian discussed plans to hold in-depth bilateral consultations on issues of strategic importance.”
“Our meeting today followed yesterday’s conversation between President Biden and President Macron, in which they agreed that the September 15 announcement would benefit from open consultations among allies and agreed to a process of in-depth consultations in the future. We recognize that this will take time and hard work, and will be demonstrated not just in words, but in deeds, and I am committed to working closely with Minister Le Drian on this crucial effort.”
The AUKUS deal blew up a billion-dollar order Paris had with Canberra, causing outrage even in the French shipping industry.