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Blinken in meeting with France’s Le Drian discussed bilateral ties, Indo-Pacific – Metro US

Blinken in meeting with France’s Le Drian discussed bilateral ties, Indo-Pacific

76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York
76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday in New York, the U.S. State Department said, and discussed plans for ‘in-depth bilateral consultations’ after Washington and Paris plunged into a diplomatic crisis last week over a submarine deal.

France was incensed by Australia’s decision last week to opt instead for a deal with the United States and Britain to purchase nuclear-powered submarines, and it recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra for consultations.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk)

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