Judy, President Biden says he is launching a new era of American diplomacy, in coordination with the United States’ closest allies.
But there are real disagreements between the United States and Europe as they face major challenges, including Afghanistan and the stalled nuclear negotiations with Iran.
To discuss this, I am accompanied by Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.
High Representative, welcome to “NewsHour”. Thank you so much.
In their joint statement today, Presidents Biden and Macron say – I quote – “The situation would have benefited from open consultations among allies.”
The two will meet at the end of October. President Biden recognized the importance of France in the Indo-Pacific and the importance of stronger European defense. This week, he expressed his solidarity with France.
Does this appeal and declaration repair the damage?
Josep Borrell, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the European Union: Yes, I think the declaration paved the way for overcoming these difficulties.
I had a meeting with Secretary of State Blinken, and I have to say that this statement was more or less what I had to say to him. So it was quite easy after the declaration to reach agreements.