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Middle East and Ukraine on the menu of the visit to Paris of the head of American diplomacy

2024-04-02 07:21:53

The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken made a stop in France this Tuesday to discuss support for Ukraine and the situation in the Middle East with President Emmanuel Macron, his counterpart Stéphane Séjourné and the French Minister of the Armed Forces.

The American Secretary of State will first accompany the Minister of the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu to Versailles, near Paris, on the site of Nexter, the subsidiary of the Franco-German group KNDS which produces the Caesar cannons delivered to Kiev. France, which organized a summit at the end of February to provoke “a surge” in favor of Ukraine, asked its allies to redouble their efforts to defeat Russia.

Even though the United States is the main supplier of weapons to Ukraine, Washington is now blocked from its $60 billion military aid program for Ukraine due to Republican opposition in Congress .

Antony Blinken will then have lunch with his counterpart Stéphane Séjourné, who was in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the war in Gaza, and in Beijing on Monday where he called on China to send “very clear messages to Russia”. “Obviously, China plays a key role in independence, respect for international law including the sovereignty of Ukraine,” argued the French minister to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

With Antony Blinken, he will discuss “the major international crises: the Middle East and the war in Ukraine, but also Sudan, ahead of the international conference that France will co-organize on April 15,” indicated the French Ministry of Affairs. foreign.

Meeting in Brussels

They will also discuss preparations for the NATO Summit which will take place in Washington in July. The French minister will also address “Franco-American cooperation on the next steps in the implementation of the initiatives decided at the February 26 meeting in Paris,” indicated his entourage. At the end of February, heads of state and government meeting in Paris decided to work on several projects, including increasing munitions deliveries to Ukraine, cyber defense, mine clearance and even industrial arms production in Ukraine. At the end of their bilateral meeting, Stéphane Séjourné and Antony Blinken will hold a joint press conference.

The American Secretary of State will then travel to UNESCO where he is expected to express the United States’ support for the United Nations during a meeting with UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay. “This visit underlines the place fully regained by the United States within UNESCO since their return nine months ago,” declared a UNESCO diplomat as the United States joined under Joe Biden. UN Organization for Education, Science and Culture that they left under Donald Trump.

At the end of the day, Antony Blinken will be received by Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée, where major international crises will be discussed again, we learned from the French presidency.

Then, Antony Blinken is expected to travel to Brussels to participate in a meeting with his NATO counterparts on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Atlantic Alliance. On the sidelines of this meeting, he will also have a trilateral meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and the leaders of the European Union.

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