President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that his administration should have consulted with the French government before announcing a new trilateral security pact with the United Kingdom and Australia, which saw Australia renege on a multibillion-dollar submarine deal with France.
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According to a joint statement released by the White House describing a phone call between Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron — which the statement noted came at Biden’s request — the two leaders “agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners. President Biden conveyed his ongoing commitment in that regard.”
The statement also announced plans for Biden and Macron to meet in Europe at the end of October, as well as Macron’s decision that French Ambassador to the United States Philippe Étienne would return to his post in Washington next week. The envoy had been recalled on Friday amid the diplomatic row.Internet Explorer Channel Network