President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic and President Joe Biden of the United States of America spoke on September 22, at the latter’s request, to discuss the implications of the September 15 announcement. Both leaders agreed that the situation benefited from open consultations among allies on issues of strategic interest to France and our European partners. President Biden has signaled his continued commitment to this.
The two leaders have decided to open a process of in-depth consultations, aimed at creating the conditions to ensure confidence and propose concrete measures towards common objectives. They will meet in Europe at the end of October in order to reach a common understanding and maintain the momentum of this process. President Emmanuel Macron has decided that the French ambassador will return to Washington next week. He will then begin intensive work with senior American officials.
President Biden reaffirms the strategic importance of French and European engagement in the Indo-Pacific region, including within the framework of the recently released European Union Indo-Pacific Strategy. The United States also recognizes the importance of a stronger and more capable European defense, which contributes positively to transatlantic and global security and is complementary to NATO.
As part of our common fight against terrorism, the United States is committed to strengthening its support for counterterrorism operations in the Sahel led by European states.