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US Secretary of State met French Foreign Minister

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Washington: July 15, 2021 – (TDI): The secretary of the United States, Antony J. Blinken called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, yesterday. In their meeting, the US secretary passed on congratulatory wishes on the national day of France. He noted the exhibition of a replica of the Statue of Liberty at the residence of the French Ambassador. This replica symbolizes the strong French-American partnership. Both the officials also exchanged views about climate change and agreed to pursue a bilateral alliance on clean energy. They also noted the Lebanon situation, the need for immediate actions to control the economic crisis of Lebanon, and also the reconfiguration of French troops in the region of Sahel. The Haiti situation and options available after the assassination of President Moise, to bring peace and stability in Haiti were also considered by them. They expressed their agreement on the necessity of countering Russian aggressive activities and addressing human rights abuses, coercive trade practices, and proactive foreign policy conducted by China, via mutual US-European efforts. They also talked about the current situation and efforts to become mutually compliant with the JCPOA.

The promotion of their 60-year-long bilateral relations in space was also addressed. In this regard, the US secretary extended an invitation to France to work together with the US to promote well-disposed space exploratory activities through the Artemis Accords. He also expressed that France’s Villa Albertine initiative, aimed at building French cultural centers in the US, will enhance their bilateral ties.

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