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Biden and Macron to Meet on October

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US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron will meet next month a joint statement declared.

Biden-Macron meeting came in an attempt to repair relations following a diplomatic crisis over the security pact Aukus.

The joint statement affirmed that the two leaders agreed to meet in Europe by the end of October.

“The two leaders have decided to open a process of in-depth consultations, aimed at creating the conditions for ensuring confidence and proposing concrete measures toward common objectives,” the statement said.

The statement also pointed out that the French ambassador to the US will also return to Washington next week.

Tension sparked between the two countries where Paris recalled its envoy from Washington in protest against the surprise partnership between the US, UK and Australia.

The deal will lead to pulling out of a major contract with France.

UK PM Boris Johnson said France had nothing to worry about from the deal.

But, France has cancelled Florence Parly’s meeting with UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in London this week.

Lord Ricketts, a former British ambassador to France who was due to co-chair the two days of talks, confirmed the meeting had been “postponed to a later date”.

The pact also created a row with China which condemned the agreement as “extremely irresponsible”.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said it “seriously undermines regional peace and stability and intensifies the arms race”.

China’s embassy in Washington accused the countries of a “Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice”.

 

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