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Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, top US diplomat Antony Blinken to hold talks on October 5 amid strained ties

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Diplomatic relations between the US and France fell to a low level last month. (file)

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken on October 5, as the two countries aim to rebuild diplomatic ties in the wake of a row over a lucrative submarine contract that France lost .

“The two ministers will hold in-depth talks after their meeting in New York on 23 September to identify the necessary steps to re-establish trust between our two countries,” said French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne. Claire Legendre said in a statement.

“As the minister said in New York, getting out of this crisis will take time and will require strong action,” she said.

Diplomatic ties between the United States and France reached a low point last month, when Australia scrapped a previous multi-billion dollar French-designed submarine deal, instead dealing with US and British technology at least Built eight nuclear-powered submarines.

In retaliation, France briefly withdrew its ambassador to the United States, although the ambassador has since returned to Washington DC.

French Ambassador to Washington, Philippe Etienne, on Saturday tweeted a photo of US President Joe Biden meeting White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

“With @jakessullivan46 on the implementation of the joint statement by our presidents to support French and EU participation in the Indo-Pacific, develop a common strategic agenda including a strong EU defense and the United States and the EU fight Important meeting “against terrorism,” tweeted Etienne.

President Joe Biden and President Emmanuel Macron have also pledged “in-depth consultations” on relations between the two countries.

Blinken will visit Paris from Monday to Wednesday and chair a meeting of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ministers.

Blinken will be joined by US Climate Envoy John Kerry in Paris, US Trade Representative Catherine Tai and other US officials.

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