Last week, France recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia and accused Biden of stabbing him in the back after Australia abandoned a $ 40 billion defense contract with Paris for the ‘purchase of submarines and instead opted for American submarines.
In a phone call Wednesday, Macron and Biden agreed to launch extensive consultations to restore confidence, Macron’s office and the White House said in a joint statement. Macron and Biden will meet in Europe at the end of October.
“The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefited from open consultations between allies on issues of strategic interest to France and our European partners,” the statement said. “President Biden has expressed his continued commitment in this regard. “
Washington has also pledged to step up support for counterterrorism missions led by European countries in the Sahel region of Africa, Macron’s office said.
The United States “recognizes the importance of a stronger and more capable European defense, which positively contributes to transatlantic and global security and is complementary to NATO,” the statement said.