US Secretary of State Antony Blinken(R), meets with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell(L), on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly,on September 22, 2021, in New York. AFP
EU top diplomat Josep Borrell called Wednesday for greater confidence with the United States as he met Secretary of State Antony Blinken following a spat between Paris and Washington.
Opening talks with Blinken on the sidelines of the United Nations, Borrell said they would follow up on a telephone conversation earlier in the day between US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
"We can build a stronger confidence among us," Borrell said. "I'm sure we'll be working together."
Biden and Macron agreed to soothe tensions a week after France was infuriated by Australia's cancellation of a mega-contract for conventional submarines as it decided to seek US nuclear versions in a new three-way alliance with Washington and London.
Borrell voiced solidarity with France, one of the key powers in the European Union, after the bloc's foreign ministers met Monday evening in New York.