US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Paris on Tuesday for a five-day visit.
Paris – Your trip is considered a gesture of reconciliation after the French-American dispute over a new Indo-Pacific alliance and a broken submarine deal. “I look forward to many days of productive conversation to further strengthen our good relationship,” said Harris upon arrival.
Harris wanted to visit the Pasteur Institute in the afternoon and meet French and US scientists doing research on the coronavirus there.
The US government offended France in mid-September by announcing a new alliance with Great Britain and Australia. Australia then canceled a long-planned, multi-billion dollar submarine deal with France.
The French government reacted extremely angry and withdrew its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra, among others. At the end of October, US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome. Biden acknowledged “awkward” communication and promised Macron support in the Sahel and European defense.
Macron wants to receive Harris at the Elysée Palace on Wednesday. On November 11th, she is scheduled to take part in the traditional ceremony to commemorate the end of the First World War on the Arc de Triomphe. Then she wants to take part in the International Peace Forum. Your return flight is planned for Saturday.
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