Washington DC, 22 October 2022 (TDI): Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Catherine Colonna visited Washington on her two-day official tour. This visit was set to prepare for French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit.

Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna also met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Senator Chris Coons, Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry, and members of civil society.

During the meeting with Secretary Blinken, both officials reaffirmed their commitment to enriching the strength of the transatlantic relationship.

During a discussion with Special Climate Envoy John Kerry, the French Foreign Minister highlighted the commitments by France and US in favor of the protection of the planet and fighting climate change.

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the US on December 1st at the White House. It will be his first state visit under President Joe Biden’s administration. The visit is regarding deepening the bilateral relationship between these two allies.

France-US Relations

The diplomatic relations between both states were established in 1778. France provided support to the US during its war of independence from Great Britain.

Since then, the relations between US and France are friendly. Both countries share common interests and values as they have parallel policies in the economic, political, and security sectors.

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Both countries are trade partners as well. France is a member of the European Union (EU) and is the third largest trading partner of the US.

They both have strong economic and trade relations, as according to 2019 data more than $138 billion worth of goods had been traded between the two states.

France and US are part of the same organizational structure including the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and G-20.

They are also members of G-7, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, & the World Trade Organization. Both states are also permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council.