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Antony Blinken Heading to Paris on a Fence-Mending Mission

Secretary of Point out

Antony Blinken

will travel to Paris next week, as the Biden administration proceeds with its attempts to recover a rift with the nation’s oldest ally.

Through a pay a visit to from Monday to Wednesday, Mr. Blinken is set to meet up with French Overseas Minister

Jean-Yves Le Drian,

who sharply criticized a new stability partnership introduced Sept. 15 amongst the U.S., U.K. and Australia in the Indo-Pacific.

The new partnership, identified as Aukus for Australia, U.K., U.S., includes the sharing of U.S. nuclear-powered submarine technology with Australia, and its development coincided with the cancellation of a lucrative French-Australian submarine contract.

In progress of Mr. Blinken’s trip, Karen Donfried, the newly confirmed assistant secretary of condition for European Affairs, mentioned Friday that repairing ties “will just take time and will just take hard do the job, and it will need to be demonstrated not only in words, but also in deeds.”

“I never imagine there’s a silver bullet” to increase the marriage among the U.S. and France in the wake of the Aukus announcement, Ms. Donfried mentioned.

French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has sharply criticized a new stability partnership introduced Sept. 15 amongst the U.S., U.K. and Australia in the Indo-Pacific.



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She mentioned Mr. Blinken’s meetings in Paris will concentrate on strengthening the marriage among the two countries, and among the U.S. and the European Union. France assumes the EU council presidency in January.

France has complained in bitter phrases that it wasn’t consulted about the new stability partnership or questioned to just take aspect.

“We agree that the Sept. 15 announcement would have benefited from better and extra open consultation amongst allies,” Ms. Donfried mentioned, echoing responses by Mr. Blinken very last week. “Our meetings in Paris are aspect of our dedication toward a approach of in-depth consultations likely forward.”

In a official occasion scheduled during the pay a visit to, Mr. Blinken is set to chair a conference of the Business for Economic Cooperation and Improvement, a Paris-dependent investigation body, focusing on rebuilding the international economic system in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and addressing climate transform, officers mentioned Friday.

The Biden administration has been greatly focused on repairing relations with France.

White Residence countrywide stability adviser Jake Sullivan fulfilled Thursday with French Ambassador

Philippe Etienne,

who has returned from Paris immediately after staying recalled for consultations. The meeting followed a Sept. 22 telephone contact among President Biden and French President

Emmanuel Macron,

during which the leaders pledged to mend relations.

Messrs. Blinken and Le Drian fulfilled in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly very last week, and the secretary fulfilled Mr. Etienne in Washington on Friday.

Mr. Etienne mentioned Thursday that he had returned to Washington with a mandate to rebuild rely on in the marriage, which he identified as “a approach that will require a fantastic deal of do the job.”

Point out Department officers did not depth anticipated outcomes of the talks, but Ms. Donfried mentioned the allies purpose to deepen cooperation in numerous locations, such as strengthening Indo-Pacific, trans-Atlantic and European stability, and countering terrorism in the Sahel.

Through the OECD accumulating, Mr. Blinken will be joined by

John Kerry,

the exclusive presidential climate envoy, U.S. Trade Agent

Katherine Tai,

chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

Cecilia Rouse,

and Undersecretary of Point out for Economic Expansion, Energy and the Atmosphere

Jose Fernandez.

Mr. Blinken also will pay a visit to Mexico Town on Oct. 7 and eight as aspect of a multiagency delegation for the U.S.-Mexico Substantial Level Stability Dialogue. The dialogue follows a Substantial-Level Economic Dialogue among the two countries, held in Washington on Sept. 9.

Write to Courtney McBride at [email protected]

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