Joe Biden spoke with Emmanuel Macron about Israel and Ukraine during his state visit to France

Joe Biden spoke with Emmanuel Macron about Israel and Ukraine during his state visit to France
Joe Biden spoke with Emmanuel Macron about Israel and Ukraine during his state visit to France

French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden at the Elysee Palace in Paris on June 8, 2024 (REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier)

The French president Emmanuel Macron He received his American counterpart this Saturday in Paris, Joe Bidenon a state visit that included conversations about the Middle East, Ukraine and international trade.

The two countries will work harder to prevent a regional escalation of Israel’s war with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in Gaza and will focus on calming tensions between the Jewish state and the Lebanese extremist group Hezbollah, Macron told reporters at the Elysee presidential palace, with Biden at his side. “We are redoubling joint efforts to avoid a regional explosion, particularly in Lebanon“Macron said.

Both celebrated the rescue by Israeli forces of four hostages held by Hamas since October. “We will not stop working until that all the hostages return home and a ceasefire is reached”, declared the American president.

Macron and Biden in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on June 8, 2024 (REUTERS)

Saturday’s visit began with a ceremony at the iconic Arc de Triomphe, where leaders paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then, escorted by French horse guards, they rode down the famous Champs-Elysées avenue. The day concluded with a dinner at the French presidential palace, where celebrities such as Pharrell Williams and John McEnroe joined political and business leaders.

The US and French presidents share a warm relationship despite past tensions over a submarine deal with Australia. Biden received Macron on a state visit to the White House in 2022.

Both They agree on their countries’ support for Ukraine and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. A joint roadmap released by the presidents included a commitment to support efforts to use frozen Russian assets to help kyiv.

“The United States stands firm with Ukraine. We stand with our allies. “We stand with France,” Biden said. “Putin is not going to stop with Ukraine (…) All of Europe will be threatened. “We are not going to allow that to happen.”

Emmanuel Macron, French first lady Brigitte Macron, Joe Biden and American first lady Jill Biden headlined a gala dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris this Saturday (CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/REUTERS)

Beyond Ukraine, trade issues on both sides of the Atlantic gained importance, especially in relation to the United States Inflation Reduction Actwhich Biden signed into law in August 2022. European officials consider it a protectionist measure that diverts investments from EU companies.

“We wish move towards a resynchronization of our economiesbetween that of the United States and the European one, in terms of regulation and in terms of investment levels,” Macron said.

The French president also thanked Biden for “the respect and loyalty” he shows towards European allies for “the willingness to seek agreements, including those that are more complicated.”

“I thank you for being the president of the first world power that shows respect to Europeans,” said Macron at the Elysee Palace during a statement to the press without questions after the working lunch between both leaders. “From Ukraine to the Middle East, including the economic plan, thank you for being present on all those issues”he delved.

Macron spoke with Biden this Saturday at the Elysee Palace in Paris (Michel Euler/REUTERS)

Although the bilateral events with France began this Saturday, the American leader had landed in the European country last Wednesday, June 5, to participate in the commemorations of the 80 years since the Normandy Landings which contributed decisively to the fall of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Biden will conclude his trip to France this Sunday by laying a wreath at the Aisne-Marne cemetery (northeast), where the graves of almost 2,300 soldiers from his country killed during the First World War are.

(With information from EFE and Reuters)

 
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