The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, acknowledged that they should have “done better” the announcement of the AUKUS agreement with Australia and the United Kingdom and regretted having “taken for granted” the relationship with France.
“We are doing better because, following the instructions given by presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron, what we have been doing for a few weeks now goes in depth, both in terms of consultation and communication, as well as coordination on the most important issues that they link our two countries “, Blinken added in an interview for the France 2 chain that he carried out as part of his visit to Paris.
In these terms, the head of US diplomacy met this Tuesday at the Elysee Palace with Macron with the aim of building bridges again and “restoring the trust” that was blown up after the alliance between Washington, London and Canberra.
The French government called its ambassador to Washington for consultations in a recent unprecedented gesture after, as a result of the AUKUS pact, Paris was unexpectedly left without a million-dollar contract for the delivery of submarines to Canberra.
Thus, at the meeting, Blinken and Macron expressed their confidence in being able to continue working in the “common interest”, also in “the Indo-Pacific space”, reports the French press.
In the framework of his visit to Paris, Blinken also met with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian , with whom he shared his vision on the situations in Lebanon, Libya and Tunisia, and reinforced their bond and joint work, the which is “deeper than ever”, said.
Thus, Blinken defended the US commitment to France regarding these missions, and valued its “diplomatic, political and economic commitment to its allies and partners “, relegating the military presence in these areas to a lower echelon.
On the other hand, the Secretary of State emphasized the intention of the United States to “deepen” the already “important partnership” of Washington and Paris in the Sahel region of Africa, as highlighted in an interview previously conducted.
“There is already a very important collaborative work in the Sahel, which was demonstrated in a very successful operation a few weeks ago, which was led by France and supported by the United States. We will do even more together in the Sahel. Our experts will meet to define this joint work, “said the US Secretary of State.