Friday, January 27, 2023

Biden and Macron discuss Ukraine, climate, China

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — President Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron began talks Thursday that coincided with a pompous visit by the French president to the war in Ukraine, China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific and European frustration over Biden’s aspects of the climate. is the focal point. law.

Biden will host Macron’s first state dinner of his presidency on Thursday night, but before that the two leaders sat down in the Oval Office to discuss the pressing issues facing them.

Heading the agenda is the war in Ukraine, which has been going on for nine months. Biden and Macron are facing headwinds as they try to maintain unity between the United States and Europe in providing economic and military aid to Kyiv as it fights against Russian forces.

“The decisions we make today and in the years to come will determine the direction of our world for decades to come,” Biden said at the reception.

At the start of the talks, Macron acknowledged that these are “difficult times” in Ukraine, adding that the two countries should “synchronize their actions” on the climate.

“It is extremely important … that we have close coordination on a variety of issues as we seek to repair the direct and indirect consequences of war on our economies and our people, and at the same time we seek to prepare future generations for carbon neutral Huh. economy, creating many jobs, ”said Macron.

Earlier, hundreds gathered on a cool, sunny morning on the White House lawn for the ceremony, which included a 21-gun salute and a review of troops. Usher handed out small American and French flags to the guests.

In their speeches, both the Presidents paid tribute to the long association of the two countries. But he recognized the difficulties that awaited him as Western unity showed some disintegration nine months after the invasion of Ukraine.

In Washington, Republicans are poised to take control of the House of Representatives, and their leader, Kevin McCarthy, has said he will not sign a “blank check” for Ukraine. On the other side of the Atlantic, Macron’s efforts to preserve European unity are being tested by rising support costs for Ukraine as Europe grapples with rising energy prices that threaten to derail the post-pandemic economic recovery. Is.

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Corbett reported from Paris. Frank Jordan in Berlin and Chris Megarian in Washington contributed to this report.

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