U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry instructed a French information channel that President Biden was not “aware” the most recent tri-lateral settlement between the U.S., U.Okay, and Australia would anger France.

“He literally had not been aware of what had transpired,” Kerry stated in a Monday interview with BFMTV. “And I don’t want to go into the details of it, but suffice it to say, that the president, my president is very committed to strengthening the relationship and making sure that this is a small event of the past and moving on to the much more important future.”

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The interview with the French outlet got here simply weeks after a U.S.-U.Okay take care of Australia, dubbed AUKUS, voided a $40 billion 2016 submarine contract between France and the Aussie authorities. 

The take care of France would have offered Australia with standard submarines, whereas the brand new settlement will grant the Indo-Pacific nation with extremely delicate nuclear submarine expertise.

But the AUKUS deal has tarnished U.S. ties with the EU nation, and France’s minister of overseas affairs known as the transfer a “stab in the back.” 

A prime EU official appointed by French President Emanuel Macron additional recommended final month it was time to “pause and reset our EU-U.S. relationship.”

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While Kerry instructed the French outlet he understood France’s anger, he additionally recommended U.S. ties with France have been extra necessary than a geopolitical squabble. 

“We have a relationship with France that is so much bigger than this moment of what happened with respect to a lack of communication,” he stated. Adding that there’s an “understanding that we have so much to work on.”

“Our commitment…to our ability to work together is much, much stronger to any of these differences over the last few days,” he continued. “President Biden looks forward to meeting with President Macron and I’m absolutely confident that the bigger issues we have to work on, about nuclear weapons, about cyber warfare, about climate…we have a lot of work to do and we can’t get lost in a momentary event that I think we will get past very quickly.”