US President Joe Biden said that what the United States of America has done towards France recently “lacked tact,” noting that Paris is Washington’s oldest and most loyal ally.
Biden’s statement came during his meeting today, Friday, with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit in the Italian capital, Rome, which is the first meeting between the two leaders since the outbreak of the “submarine crisis” between the two countries.
Biden added that “there is no place in the world where the United States cannot cooperate with France.”
For his part, Macron said that he wanted to look to the future after the diplomatic crisis between the two countries, stressing that “for me, the future is what we must look at.”
On September 17, France announced the recall of its ambassador from the United States, after Australia canceled a submarine deal with it worth billions of euros. Instead of this contract, Australia, in cooperation with the United States and Britain, formed the new military “Ocos” bloc, and also agreed with the United States to supply American nuclear submarines instead of the traditional French submarines.