Macron hopes to 're-engage' with US at G20

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French President Emmanuel Macron says he will meet his US counterpart Joe Biden in Rome at the Group of 20 summit at the end of October to "re-engage" and to move on after a rift over a US military pact with Australia.

"We will catch up during the G20. I think it is the right occasion to see how we can re-engage... it is about facts and what to do together," Macron said as he arrived for a European Union summit dinner in Slovenia.

Australia's decision to cancel a big submarine contract with France and opt for US-designed vessels instead as part of the new AUKUS security alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom incensed officials in Paris.

Macron and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met earlier on Tuesday in Paris to explore ways to overcome the rift over the deal.

Macron and Blinken explored potential US-French cooperation in the Pacific and other areas in the roughly 40-minute one-on-one session, according to a senior US State Department official.

Shortly after their engagement, the White House announced in a statement that Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan would meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Bonne in Paris later this week "as part of our ongoing consultations on shared bilateral and regional interests".

with AP

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