AA / Paris / Fatih KARAKAYA
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, stressed Thursday that the way out of the crisis between France and the United States “will take time and will require action”.
Le Drian spoke via a press release issued after an interview with the United States Secretary of State, Antony Bliken, whom he met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
“I met this morning in New York with my American counterpart @SecBlinken to initiate a process of in-depth discussions between our two countries” wrote Jean-Yves Le Drian on his Twitter account.
“This interview was held following the telephone call made the day before between the President of the Republic and his American counterpart and in the context of the joint statement issued by the two heads of state,” the statement said.
Le Drian also explained that he had mentioned in this interview “the modalities and the main subjects of the process of in-depth consultations between the two countries aimed at restoring confidence”.
Even if the minister recalls that a “first step had been taken during the call between the two presidents”, he noted all the same that “the way out of the crisis between the two countries would take time and would require action”.
Finally, the press release states “that close contact will be maintained” between him and his American counterpart.
Canberra’s decision to cancel a € 56 billion purchase contract for the delivery to Australia of 12 diesel-electric powered submarines for the benefit of US nuclear-powered submarines prompted the indignation of Paris.
France then decided to “immediately recall to Paris for consultations (its) two ambassadors in the United States and Australia”.
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