Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron in first phone call, pledged to strengthen US-France relations

Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron in first phone call, pledged to strengthen US-France relations

Washington: Joe Biden in his first phone call as US president sought to improve US relations for strained relations with France, as the two leaders promised to work together on shared foreign policy priorities, including China And fought. COVID-19 Pandemic and Climate Change.
Biden called Macron on Sunday and expressed a desire to strengthen bilateral relations. The White House stated that through the partnership of NATO and the United States, they emphasized their commitment to strengthening the transatlantic relationship.
“The leaders agreed on the need for close coordination including multilateral organizations to tackle common challenges such as climate change, COVID-19 and global economic recovery,” the statement said.
Biden and Macron also agreed to work together on shared foreign policy priorities, including in the Sahel region of China, the Middle East, Russia and West Africa.
This was Biden’s fourth call with a foreign leader after being sworn in as US President on 20 January.
Biden’s first two phone calls are, by tradition, made with two of his neighbors – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s President Andres Manuel L√≥pez Obardor. He spoke with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday.
After taking over the reins of the country, the Biden administration has begun reaching out to its traditional allies.
Biden’s phone calls to European leaders were seen under his predecessor Donald Trump four years after “America First” aimed at linking strained transit relations.
Biden has reaffirmed his commitment to NATO which was part of a dispute between Trump and European leaders.
Trump repeatedly questioned the coalition and accused other countries of not paying their fair share.
Macron and Trump were also on a range of issues, such as the war in Syria and America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, which Biden moved to reverse on his first day in office.
France is pushing U.S. tech companies such as Google and Amazon to consistently pay taxes globally, leading to trade disputes with Washington under Trump.
The US and the European Union have also imposed a Tet-for-Tat tariff on subsidies to American aircraft manufacturer Boeing and its France-based rival, Airbus.
The US Secretary of Defense has so far spoken on the phone with NATO Secretary General Jane Stoltenberg and her counterparts in Britain, Japan and South Korea.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has spoken with his counterparts from France, Germany, Britain, Japan, Afghanistan, South Korea and Israel.

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