US President Biden to Host Macron for State Visit at White House on December 1

Ties between Washington and Paris hit a major crisis last year when Australia abruptly announced it was ditching a contract to buy conventional French submarines in favour of a US nuclear-powered submarine deal. (Image: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File)


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Ties between Washington and Paris hit a major crisis last year when Australia abruptly announced it was ditching a contract to buy conventional French submarines in favour of a US nuclear-powered submarine deal. (Image: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File)

State visits, with more pomp and ceremony than bilateral meetings hosted by US presidents, have not taken place so far during Biden’s presidency due to Covid restrictions

President Joe Biden will host French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House on December 1 for the first full-scale state visit of his administration, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday. The visit will “underscore the deep and enduring relationship between the United States and France, our oldest ally,” Jean-Pierre told reporters at the White House.

State visits, which feature more pomp and ceremony than the frequent bilateral meetings hosted by US presidents for foreign leaders, have not taken place so far during Biden’s presidency that Jean-Pierre attributed to Covid pandemic restrictions. Asked why France had been chosen for the honour ahead of other US allies, Jean-Pierre said “we deeply value our relationship with France”.

The link between the two countries is “founded on shared democratic values, economic ties, and defense and security cooperation,” she said. Relations between Paris and Washington hit a major crisis last year when Australia abruptly announced it was ditching a contract to buy conventional French submarines in favour of a US nuclear-powered submarine deal.

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