Emmanuel Macron and Kamala Harris consider Franco-American cooperation “crucial”

the essential Emmanuel Macron and the American vice-president Kamala Harris insisted Wednesday on the “crucial” cooperation between France and the United States facing the “beginning 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,” said the French president as they began a 1 hour 30 interview with Kamala Harris , arrived in Paris on Tuesday for a five-day visit. She will attend in particular Thursday the ceremonies of 11 November, at the Paris Peace Forum and Friday at a Conference on Libya. 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 G 20 of Rome on 29 October.

“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 beginning 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. “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 had to discuss together security, pandemic, climate and space, in particular. Since her arrival on Tuesday, Kamala Harris has notably visited the Institut Pasteur where she met American and French researchers working on the Covid – 19.

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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