Washington, United States:
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will discuss a new bid next week in Paris to ease tensions following French anger over a submarine deal, the State Department announced Friday.
Spokesman Ned Price said Blinken would attend a meeting of the OECD Club of Advanced Market Economy in Paris from Monday to Wednesday and discuss with French officials “the importance of further strengthening important US-France relations.”
Blinken and his French counterparts will discuss issues including security in the Indo-Pacific region, climate crisis, economic recovery from the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic, transatlantic relations and working with our allies and partners to address global challenges and opportunities. Said in a statement.
Blinken will then travel from Paris to Mexico City for his first trip to a neighboring country as a top U.S. diplomat, which the Mexican government has already announced.
France was outraged last month when Australia canceled a multi-billion dollar deal for a French submarine and said it would follow the U.S. nuclear version as tensions with China escalate.
France has accused the United States of treason and stabbing Australia, and has withdrawn its ambassador from Washington in protest.
Tensions began to ease when President Joe Biden spoke by telephone with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and acknowledged that the United States could communicate better with its longtime ally.
Blinken had already planned a trip to the th০th anniversary of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
A month before the UN climate talks in Glasgow, he will co-chair an OECD ministry that will focus on promoting the green economy.