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Blinken Hails US-France Talks in Past 24 Hours as 'Very Positive, Productive'

© AFP 2022 / LUDOVIC MARINFrench President Emmanuel Macron (R) greets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) after their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on June 25, 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) greets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) after their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on June 25, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.10.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The discussions the US delegation had in Paris with their French colleagues were positive and productive, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said of the confidence-building measures on Wednesday.
"The conversations we had in the last 24 hours were very positive, very productive and reflect a lot of work that is in progress, the work that was tasked by president [Joe] Biden and [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron," Blinken said during a press conference.
The US delegation headed by Blinken is visiting Paris this week to discuss confidence-building measures in the wake of the recent Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) submarine deal that caused a significant strain in relations with France.
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described the decision as a "stab in the back" and said the trust between the allies was severely undermined.
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