President Joe Biden admitted Wednesday that his administration should have consulted the French government before announcing a new trilateral security pact with the UK and Australia that resulted in Australia abandoning a multi-billion dollar submarine deal with France.
According to a joint statement released by the White House describing a telephone conversation between Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron – which the statement responded to Biden’s request – the two leaders agreed that the situation was one of open consultations between allies on issues of strategic interest for France and our European partners. President Biden has expressed his continued commitment in this regard. “
The statement also announced plans for Biden and Macron to meet in Europe in late October, as well as Macron’s decision that French Ambassador to the United States, Philippe Tienne, will return to his post in Washington next week. The envoy was recalled on Friday amid the diplomatic dispute.