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Biden and Macron plan to meet as US-France try to smooth over submarine deal

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Market Desk online: France has been angered by recent agreements between Australia, the US and UK. In reply, the country summoned its ambassadors from the US and Australia.

The deal cancels a multibillion-dollar submarine deal with Australia. This led to diplomatic tensions between France and the US. President Joe Biden and President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to meet next month to resolve diplomatic tensions.

The presidents of France and the US spoke by telephone on Wednesday. At the time, they agreed to meet in Europe in late October, according to a joint statement, news from Al Jazeera.

The statement said the French ambassador would return to the US next week. Who was recently summoned to the country following an agreement reached between three countries (Australia, the US and UK).

It further said that the two leaders have decided to start a process for in-depth consultations.

In a bid to defuse tensions, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met Wednesday, AFP reported.

On 15th September, the leaders of Australia, the US and UK announced the formation of a new alliance at a virtual meeting.

At the virtual meeting, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden described the new alliance as a “historic step” in strengthening their ties.

Biden on Wednesday also agreed to reinforce support for counterterrorism operations in the Sahel, a region in Africa where approximately 5,100 French service members are deployed.

“The US also recognizes the importance of a stronger and more capable European defense, that contributes positively to transatlantic and global security and is complementary to NATO,” the White House said in Wednesday’s joint statement.

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