Blinken talks about U.S. steps to smooth friction with Paris

U.S. Secretary of State said that the U.S. administration understands that it will take not only time but also deeds to iron out the tensions with France. He said so on Thursday, September 23, during a press conference in New York, where he is participating in the activities of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. The speech was broadcast on the State Department’s Twitter account.

Blinken noted that he met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday. The meeting was the result of a phone conversation the previous day between U.S. President Joe Biden and French leader Emmanuel Macron. According to the State Department chief, the two leaders agreed that the announcement of the AUKUS partnership would benefit from open consultations between the allies, and decided on “a process of extensive consultations going forward.”

“We understand that this will take time and hard work, will be demonstrated not only in words but in deeds,” the secretary of state stressed, referring to the resolution of friction in the U.S.-French relationship.

Blinken also touched on the subject of the legitimacy of the new Afghan authorities established by the Taliban in his speech. According to him, such a decision depends on the “fulfillment of their obligations in the key areas” reflected in the UN Security Council resolutions.

Earlier Thursday, Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign minister, said that the EU was currently working on opening a joint diplomatic mission in Kabul, Afghanistan.

On September 22, following talks in Washington, U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed that the global community’s recognition of the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan could not be unconditional and must necessarily be coordinated.