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After call with Biden, Macron orders French ambassador back to US next week

In this Friday, June 11, 2021 file photo, from left, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, U. President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen walk together during the G7 Summit, in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England.  (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP, File)
In this Friday, June 11, 2021 file photo, from left, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, U. President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen walk together during the G7 Summit, in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP, File)

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered the French ambassador to return to Washington next week after a phone call with US counterpart Joe Biden aimed at calming tensions in a row over a ditched submarine contract for Australia, a joint statement says.

The pair also vowed to launch a process of “in-depth consultations” to restore confidence and to meet in Europe at the end of October, the statement says, adding Biden also agreed on the need for stronger European defense to complement NATO.

It adds: “The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners.”

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