Reconciliation is official.
Emmanuel Macron and US Vice President Kamala Harris insisted on Wednesday on the "crucial" cooperation between France and the United States in the face of "the start of a new era", two months after the Australian submarine crisis.
"We agree that we are at the start of a new era and that our cooperation is absolutely crucial," declared the French president as they began a 1h30 meeting with Kamala Harris, who arrived in Paris on Tuesday for a visit from five days.
She will attend the ceremonies of November 11, at the Paris Peace Forum on Thursday and at a Conference on Libya on Friday.
New stage of reconciliation
His visit should make it possible to complete the reconciliation between the two countries initiated by the meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G20 in Rome on October 29.
"We had a fruitful meeting in Rome a few days ago with President Biden who showed the way for the weeks, months and years to come," added Emmanuel Macron, at the start of this interview, conducted in particular in the presence of the minister. of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and the Minister for Gender Equality Elisabeth Moreno.
“The French are very proud to have you” here, he said.
"At the start of a new era"
"I think, and we share this vision, that we are at the beginning of a new era rich in challenges but also in opportunities", replied the American vice-president. "When France and the United States have worked together in the past, it has always been very successful, thanks to our common values and priorities," she added, indicating that the two countries "have a common desire to be leaders on the globe to assist other nations in these tragic times ”of pandemic. "Building on your important discussion with President Biden, I am delighted that we will, in the days to come, continue to work together" and "renew the attention given to our partnership".
They were to discuss security, pandemic, climate and space, in particular.
Since her arrival on Tuesday, Ms. Harris has notably visited the Institut Pasteur where she met American and French researchers working on Covid-19.
After Blinken, Sullivan and Biden
In mid-September, the United States and Australia inflicted a real snub on Paris by sealing a defense alliance in the Pacific, Washington blowing a huge submarine contract initially promised to France.
Before Kamala Harris, the American Secretary of State Antony Blinken then the White House adviser for national security Jake Sullivan had succeeded in Paris to appease the anger of France, before the Biden-Macron meeting in Rome there is ten days.
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