US Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday embarked on a four-day visit to France aimed at mending ties with America’s oldest ally.
Relations between the two countries fell to a historic low in September when Australia scrapped a $65 billion deal to buy conventional submarines from France in favor of a deal that included Australia nuclear with help from the United States and Britain. Will create sub.
US President Joe Biden told Macron in Rome last month that Harris would meet with French President Emmanuel Macron because the US was “clumsy” in handling the matter.
Harris will be the first to visit the renowned Institut Pasteur to highlight what US officials have underlined the long-standing scientific exchange between the US and France. She will meet French and American scientists working to combat COVID-19 globally. Her late mother, a scientist, conducted research on breast cancer with the institute’s scientists in the 1980s.
Minutes after arriving in Paris, Harris said, “It’s nice to be in France” and added, “I look forward to many, many days of productive discussions to strengthen our relationship.”
On Thursday, she will visit Surens American Cemetery for an Armistice Day celebration marking the end of World War I.
Harris will also represent the Biden administration at the Paris Peace Forum on Thursday and at a summit on Friday in Libya ahead of elections in that country next month.
Some information in this report has also come from the agencies France-Presse, The Associated Press and Reuters.