WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Paris next month for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House reported.
The White House announced Harris’s visit to France during a phone call between President Joe Biden and Macron on Friday. A meeting between the two presidents is scheduled for later this month in Rome on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit.
Macron’s office said in a statement that he and Biden discussed “building a stronger European defense that complements NATO and contributes to global security.”
In addition to meeting with Macron, Harris will deliver a speech at the annual Paris Peace Forum on November 11 and will take part in the Paris Conference on Libya the next day. She will be joined by her husband Douglas Emhoff.
The scheduled meeting comes amid an attempt by the Biden administration to mend its relationship with the French, exacerbated by a US deal announced last month to sell nuclear submarines to Australia. The US move undermined a $ 60 billion deal for a French defense contractor to sell diesel submarines to Australia.
“They will discuss the importance of the transatlantic relationship for global peace and security and highlight the importance of our partnership in addressing global challenges from COVID-19 and the climate crisis to issues affecting the Sahel and the Indo-Pacific region,” Harris Senior Advisor Simon Sanders said in a statement.
Harris and Ehmhoff’s visit coincides with Veterans Day in the United States and Armistice Day in France. According to Sanders, they plan to celebrate the celebrations with a visit to the American cemetery of Suresnes near Paris.