Blinken, Macron Explore Making Amends in Meeting After France, U.S. Submarine Spat

After conflict erupted last month with the September 15 announcement of a three-way agreement between Australia, Britain and the U.S. known as AUKUS, French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met in Paris on Tuesday to discuss ways to repair the rift, the Associated Press reported.

The AUKUS deal excluded France, which responded angrily to the announcement that canceled a multibillion-dollar submarine contract it had with Australia and recalled their ambassadors from the U.S. and Australia.

U.S. officials acknowledge that the AUKUS deal could’ve benefited from coordination with France and other EU members, and has made motions to regain France’s trust.

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