President Emmanuel Macron said his meeting with President Joe Biden on Friday (October 29) would allow France and the United States rebuilt to rebuild trust following a rift over an Indo-Pacific security pact, and that it was key to look to the future.
The two leaders shared a warm handshake for the cameras after Biden kept Macron waiting for more than one and a half hours, before sitting down to talks over climate, counter-terrorism in West Africa and European defence.
Biden said the U.S. had been, ‘clumsy’ over the submarine deal, going on to say the United States does not have an older and more loyal ally than France.
Macron and his government were left infuriated by the deal which resulted in Canberra scrapping a mega-defence deal for French submarines.
At the time, Macron’s government said it had been ‘stabbed in the back’ by its close allies, upset by the manner in which the affair undermined France and Europe’s role on the global stage.
(Production: Aiden Nulty)