Emmanuel Macron spoke on the phone with US President Joseph Biden on Thursday, the two leaders “reaffirming their common determination to maintain support” for Ukraine, the French Presidency announced.
President Macron presented to Biden the results of his recent state visit to Beijing. “China would have a role to play in order to contribute, in the medium term, to stopping the conflict, by respecting the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter. The two heads of state agreed on the importance of continuing the involvement of the Chinese authorities on this basis”, he sent Thursday evening to the Élysée Palace, according to a press release viewed by the MEDIAFAX agency.
President Macron highlighted the “major contribution of the European Union in supporting Ukraine”, civil and military efforts exceeding 67 billion euros. Emmanuel Macron evoked “the importance of Europeans continuing to restore their own military capabilities, in order to assume responsibilities in transatlantic security”. “France will do everything from its point of view in this regard, through the new military programming law,” the Paris Presidency emphasized.
Emmanuel Macron and Joseph Biden also highlighted the importance of intensifying cooperation to support “freedom of navigation” in the Indo-Pacific region. The two presidents also discussed the “extremely worrying” situation in Sudan.
The White House announced that President Biden spoke with Emmanuel Macron about his recent visit to China and “ongoing efforts to advance prosperity, security, shared values and the rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region,” reaffirming ” the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”. Also, the presidents of the United States and France reiterated their “constant support” for Ukraine, in the context of Russian military aggression, the White House emphasized.
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