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Biden and Macron discussed the AUKUS scandal

Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron decided to begin bilateral consultations to ensure trust between the U.S. and France.

The U.S. and French presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron in a telephone conversation discussed the scandal arising from the new AUKUS partnership. This was reported by the White House press office on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

“Macron and Biden spoke Sept. 22 to discuss the implications of the Sept. 15 announcement,” the statement said.

Specifically, Biden and Macron decided to begin a process of bilateral consultations to ensure trust between the two countries.

“They will meet in Europe in late October to reach a common understanding and to maintain the momentum of this process,” the White House added.

Following the conversation, Macron decided that the French ambassador would return to the United States next week.

“He will then begin intensive work with high-ranking U.S. officials,” Biden explained.

The interlocutors also discussed the creation of a new security partnership (AUKUS) involving Australia, Britain, and the United States.

“The two leaders agreed that the situation would only benefit from open consultations between allies on issues of strategic interest to France and our European partners. President Biden signaled his continued commitment in this regard,” the press release said.

The new AUKUS alliance between the United States, Britain, and Australia, signed Sept. 15, sparked a deep diplomatic crisis between Washington and Paris.

As part of the alliance, Australia will be equipped with nuclear-powered submarines. Because of the agreement, Australia broke a $66 billion submarine contract with a French company, angering Paris.

Meanwhile, France is threatening to block an EU agreement with Australia over submarines.

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