Biden makes peace offering to Macron as Aukus row rumbles on

Biden makes peace offering to Macron as Aukus row rumbles on

Better times: Joe Biden with Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in Cornwall, UK in June © AFP via Getty Image

Joe Biden has offered an olive branch to French president Emmanuel Macron to soothe tensions that erupted over France’s exclusion from a new trilateral security pact that deprived Paris of a long-planned submarine deal.

In a joint statement issued after a call between the two leaders, Biden appeared to concede that Paris had been left out of discussions between the US, Australia and the UK that led to a new deal for nuclear-powered submarines.

“The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefited from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners,” they said. “President Biden conveyed his ongoing commitment in that regard.”

The two leaders also agreed to work on creating “conditions for ensuring confidence and proposing concrete measures toward common objectives”. They will meet in Europe at the end of October.

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