BREAKING NEWS

US Harris speaks with France's Macron, seeks to strengthen ties

VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT Kamala Harris speaks after Joe Biden is named winner of the 2020 US presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7. (photo credit: JIM BOURG / REUTERS)
VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT Kamala Harris speaks after Joe Biden is named winner of the 2020 US presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7.
(photo credit: JIM BOURG / REUTERS)
US Vice-President Kamala Harris spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, expressing her commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries, her office said in a statement.
President Joe Biden, a former vice president himself under Barack Obama, has had Harris at his side for multiple events during his early White House tenure, indicating he wants her to have a key role in implementing his political and policy agenda.
The call with Macron, leader of a G7 nation, shows Harris is taking a role in foreign policy as well, an area in which the former US senator from California has significantly less experience than Biden.
"Vice President Harris and President Macron agreed on the need for close bilateral and multilateral cooperation to address COVID-19, climate change, and support democracy at home and around the world," the vice president's office said in a statement.
"They also discussed numerous regional challenges, including those in the Middle East and Africa, and the need to confront them together," the statement said.
Harris also spoke to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this month in her first call as vice president with a foreign leader.
Biden, a Democrat who took over from Republican former President Donald Trump on Jan. 20, has sought to re-engage with allies and with global institutions after four years of his predecessor's "America First" mantra.
Trump withdrew the United States from the World Health Organization and the Paris climate accord and largely scoffed at multilateral organizations and groups.
Biden had previously spoken with both Trudeau and Macron in January.


Subscribe for our daily newsletter
Subscribe for our daily newsletter

By subscribing I accept the terms of use

Read all Tweets >