Biden In Rome Live Updates: U.S., France statement emphasizes improving communication
Biden and Macron release a joint statement after meeting in Rome
President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron released a joint statement that emphasized improving communication following their first meeting since the U.S-Australia submarine deal that created diplomatic tensions between the two allies.
The two leaders met to “reaffirm their commitment to closer bilateral and transatlantic cooperation in the pursuit of peace, security, and prosperity around the globe,” the statement said.
Their meeting focused on “creating the conditions for ensuring confidence” that underscores their historic relationship and shared democratic values.
After the apparent miscommunication over their dealings in the Into-Pacific, the two nations said they “share a commitment to systematic and in-depth consultation and coordination to ensure transparency” bilaterally and between NATO and European Union partners.
The two leaders said they “recognize the importance of robust collaboration” in the region “amid growing economic and strategic challenges there. The U.S. welcomed France as a partner and “key contributor and security provider to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
“The United States also welcomes the E.U. strategy on the Indo-Pacific and intends to continue robust consultations on its own strategy,” the statement said.
France, the President of the E.U., said it “will keep the United States closely informed of its priorities.”
The two allies also committed to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining collective defense, pushing for global economic recovery, combating terrorism and addressing climate change and the launching of the “US-France Bilateral Clean Energy Partnership” by the end of the year.