Way Out Of Crisis Over Submarine Deal Will Take Time: France Tells US

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Le Drian and Blinken’s closed-door meeting took place at the offices of the French mission to the UN. (To file)

The United Nations:

The exit from the diplomatic crisis between France and the United States on a mega submarine agreement “will take time and will require action”, declared Thursday the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian to his American counterpart Antony Blinken.

France’s top diplomat told Blinken that a phone call Wednesday between Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden was a “first step” towards repairing relations, according to a statement from the French Foreign Ministry released after the bilateral meeting. At New York.

Le Drian and Blinken’s closed-door meeting took place in the offices of the French mission to the United Nations on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and lasted about an hour.

For much of the week, Le Drian had refused to say that he would participate in a face-to-face with Blinken.

The French foreign minister called Australia’s decision to abandon an agreement to buy French submarines in favor of American ships a “stab in the back”.

France also recalled its Washington and Canberra ambassadors over the deep row.

But after Biden and Macron’s call, the two leaders promised to launch “extensive consultations … to build trust” and to meet in Europe at the end of October.

A joint statement also said Macron would order the French ambassador to return to Washington next week.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters the interview “was friendly” and Biden “hoped it was a step back to normal.”

Le Drian “agreed to maintain close contacts” with Blinken in order to “restore confidence”, added the statement from the French Foreign Ministry without providing further details.

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