Harris to visit France amid diplomatic tensions over submarine deal – .

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Harris to visit France amid diplomatic tensions over submarine deal – .


Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Paris in November to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron as the United States tries to ease diplomatic tensions with the country.

The vice president will also deliver a speech at the fourth annual Paris Peace Forum on November 11, her spokesperson said in a statement. She will also participate in the Paris Conference on Libya with a series of other foreign leaders the next day.

The Biden administration tried to calm the diplomatic storm created last month when the United States announced a multibillion-dollar security pact with Australia and the United Kingdom. France expected to sell submarines to Australia under a 2016 contract.

The White House has previously acknowledged that US officials could have consulted and communicated better with their French counterparts on the submarine deal.

Biden spoke by phone with Macron on Friday to discuss European defense and the ongoing conflict in the Sahel, a region of Africa, the White House said in a statement. Biden will meet Macron in Rome later this month at the Group of 20 forum. The White House said Harris’s visit in November was “a key opportunity to further strengthen US-France cooperation on a range of global challenges. “.

Harris will also celebrate Veterans Day in the United States and Armistice Day in France during his visit. She will also visit the Suresnes American Cemetery to pay tribute to the Americans who fought in both world wars.

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