Emmanuel Macron spoke for the first time this Tuesday afternoon with Joe Biden, the American president-elect, with whom he hopes to collaborate on major international issues, announced the Elysee. Among the subjects discussed between the two men: NATO, but also the pandemic and climate change.
Joe Biden has expressed his desire to “revitalize bilateral and transatlantic relations, especially through NATO and the European Union”, often abused by Donald Trump. During their first telephone exchange, the two men spoke of their future cooperation on the fight against the pandemic and “the threat of climate change”, as well as on “security and development in Africa”, according to a statement released by the Democrat’s transition team.
Many contacts for Joe Biden
For his part, Emmanuel Macron “congratulated Joe Biden and his vice-president Kamala Harris and assured them of his willingness to work together on contemporary issues: climate, health, the fight against terrorism and the defense of fundamental rights”, know the presidency.
This brief interview of about ten minutes was held four days after the announcement on Saturday of the Democrat’s victory over Donald Trump. Emmanuel Macron, who came to power in 2017, has never met Joe Biden, who was Barack Obama’s vice-president between 2009 and 2017. Like most other European leaders, he congratulated him on Saturday by calling him to act “together” to “meet today’s challenges”.
Joe Biden began his talks with foreign leaders Monday with a call from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He also met Tuesday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said he was eager to “strengthen the partnership” between the United Kingdom and the United States, and with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.