France, US Meet But Says Patching Up Will Take Time
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Fri 24th September 2021 | 09:20 AM
United Nations, United States, Sept 24 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Sep, 2021 ) :The top diplomats of France and the United States said Thursday that repairing ties will take time as Paris demanded action to assuage its anger over the cancellation of a massive submarine contract.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, after days of giving the cold shoulder, met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the allies' worst crisis in ties since the Iraq war.
France's top diplomat told Blinken that US President Joe Biden's telephone conversation a day earlier with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron had been the start of a process of repairing trust.
"He recalled that a first step had been taken with the call between the two presidents but underlined that resolving the crisis between our two countries would take time and require actions," a French foreign ministry statement said.
He voiced his personal respect for Le Drian and, reiterating a White House statement, said that the episode would have "benefited from open consultations among allies." - 'Unshakable' bonds - Blinken vowed to work to rebuild trust with France, America's oldest ally, and pointed to shared interests including in the French campaign against the Islamic State extremist group.
"I am convinced that our interests together are so strong, the values that we share so unshakable, that we will carry forward and get some good work done, but it will take some time; it will take some hard work," Blinken told reporters.
Blinken said he would keep up talks with Le Drian, much as Biden agreed to meet late next month with Macron.
France's Naval Group said that it will soon send a detailed invoice to Australia for canceling the contract.