Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Paris next month to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to the White House
The White House announced Harris’s visit to France when President Joe Biden and Macron spoke on the phone on Friday. The two presidents are due to meet in Rome later this month during the Group of 20 summit.
Macron’s office said in a statement that he and Biden discussed “establishing a strong European defence, complementing NATO and contributing to global security”.
In addition to meeting with Macron, Harris will deliver a speech at the annual Paris Peace Forum on November 11 and attend the Paris conference on Libya the next day. She will be accompanied by her husband Douglas Emhoff on this visit.
The scheduled meeting comes amid an effort by the Biden administration to pacify its ties with France, strained by a US deal announced last month to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia. The US move comes as a cut in a more than $60 billion deal by a French defense contractor to sell diesel-powered submarines to Australia.
“They will discuss the importance of transatlantic relations to global peace and security and underscore the importance of our partnership on the climate crisis to global challenges from COVID-19 and issues affecting the Sahel and the Indo-Pacific,” said Harris Senior Advisor Simone Sanders said in a statement.
Harris and Emhoff’s visit coincides with Veterans Day in America and Armistice Day in France. Sanders said the two planned to mark the solemn commemoration with a visit to the Surenes American Cemetery outside Paris.
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