The US Secretary of State said that the American administration understands that it will take not only time, but also deeds to smooth out friction with France. This opinion was expressed by the Foreign Minister on Thursday, September 23, speaking at a press conference in New York, where he is to participate in the events of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. The speech was broadcast in Twitter State Department.
Blinken noted that on Thursday he met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. The meeting was the result of a telephone conversation between US President Joe Biden and French leader Emmanuel Macron the day before. According to the head of the State Department, the leaders of the two states agreed that the announcement of the creation of the AUKUS partnership would benefit from open consultations between the allies, and decided on “a process of detailed consultations in the future.”
“We understand that this will take time and hard work, it will be demonstrated not only in words, but also in deeds,” the Secretary of State emphasized, referring to the settlement of friction in US-French relations.
In addition, in his speech, Blinken touched upon the topic of recognizing the legitimacy of the new authorities in Afghanistan, formed by the Taliban movement (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation). According to him, the adoption of such a decision depends on “their fulfillment of obligations in key areas” reflected in the UN Security Council resolutions.
Earlier on Thursday, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the EU is currently working on opening a joint office in Afghan Kabul.
On September 22, following talks in Washington, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed that the international community’s recognition of the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan cannot be unconditional and must necessarily have a coordinated character.