After the phone call between Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden on Wednesday, it is a new step this Thursday in the gradual warming of relations between France and the United States, six days after the start of the submarine crisis.
The American and French Foreign Ministers, Antony Blinken and Jean-Yves Le Drian, will indeed have a tête-à-tête this Thursday in New York, the day after a joint declaration by their presidents to end the crisis between Paris and Washington, a US official said on Wednesday.
The two men had "a good exchange" Wednesday evening on the sidelines of a meeting of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, and "we expect them to have a moment together again, bilaterally. "Thursday, the official told reporters.
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After the cancellation by Australia of the "contract of the century", relating to twelve submarines, for the benefit of the Americans and the British, Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday announced "commitments" to restore a hard-tested confidence, the American president now hoping for a "return to normal".
Solicited by Washington, the telephone interview was eagerly awaited.
And the American leader seemed to recognize a lack of dialogue with his oldest ally, according to a joint statement released by the Elysee and the White House.
The two men agreed that "open consultations between allies" would "have made it possible to avoid this situation," the statement said.
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During the exchange which lasted about thirty minutes according to the White House, Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden tried to find a solution to the most serious diplomatic crisis between the United States and France since the French "no" to the Iraq war in 2003.
The tone of the conversation was "friendly" and Joe Biden "hopes" that the meeting marked "a step towards a return to normalcy" between the two allies, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during the meeting. a routine press briefing.