US President Joe Biden will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Rome on Friday, the White House said on Tuesday.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters that the bilateral meeting would take place ahead of the G20 summit in the Italian capital. Biden will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on the same day.
The Biden-Macron meeting is seen as an opportunity to settle the dispute that has led to Australia canceling an agreement to buy French conventional submarines in favor of a new plan to acquire American nuclear-powered submarines. was born later.
The episode saw France not only snatch a lucrative contract but also prompted Paris to question its transatlantic ties.
Macron briefly recalled France’s ambassador to Washington, while Secretary of State Jean-Yves Le Drian compared Biden’s unilateral ways to former President Donald Trump, but “without the tweet.”
Biden will leave for Rome on Thursday, and will follow the G20 meeting over the weekend with a UN climate summit in Glasgow on Monday and Tuesday.
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