Le Drian says Blinken overcoming the submarine crisis “will take time”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has told his US counterpart, Antony Blinken, that, whatever the approach taken by the presidents of their respective countries, overcoming the open political crisis “will take time and action “. “.

French and US Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden, respectively, had their first meeting on Wednesday since Paris convened its ambassador in Washington for consultations last week, after a security deal that meant the repeal of a millionaires deal for France to equip Australia. Boats.

Le Drian says Blinken overcoming the submarine crisis “will take time”
Le Drian says Blinken overcoming the submarine crisis “will take time”

This conversation resulted in the promise of a face-to-face meeting at the end of October and a new phase of “deep” consultations with which France wants to “restore confidence,” as the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The first stage is considered “finished”, but the Gallic authorities do not hide their discomfort. “Resolving the crisis between our two countries will take time and requires action,” said Le Drian to the US Secretary of State, with whom he intends to maintain “close contact” over the coming weeks.

In a first gesture of goodwill, Macron had already announced in his conversation with Biden that the French ambassador would return to Washington next week.

As for Blinken, he noted that he and Le Drian had discussed plans for in-depth bilateral consultations on issues of strategic importance.

In a statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said both discussed the EU’s strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the need to strengthen cooperation with France, other European allies and partners active in the region. At the same time, they campaigned for the common goals of Washington and Paris in the Sahel zone.

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