MIL-OSI Translation: State visit of Joe Biden, President of the United States of America.

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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

Emmanuel MACRON

Mr. President, dear Joe, Ladies and Gentlemen, Madam Ambassador, Mr. Ambassador, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Mr. President, you are honoring us with a state visit to France, after your presence and that of your wife, Doctor Jill BIDEN, during the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. Thank you for that.

And I believe that your veterans, our veterans and those of all the allied forces have been honored during these days by your presence, that of the many leaders at your side on June 6, and by the warmth of the popular welcome they were able to feel.

Having you by our side during this period says a lot about the strength of our alliance and what binds the United States of America to France, a union of blood shed in the service of the freedom and independence of our nations. . And it is this thread, unfortunately of blood, which links our two flags and our two nations. In any case, thank you very much for your presence.

We were able, with the President today, to discuss the major issues that are shaping the world today and involving us, first and foremost Ukraine. Today in Ukraine, women and men are fighting with remarkable courage, driven by the desire to not give in in the face of Russian aggression which nothing has justified. We have collectively reacted to provide our support to this European nation which is fighting for its survival and its freedom and we will continue to do so for as long and with as much intensity as necessary.

I would like to thank you again, Mr. President, for the commitment of the United States of America and the still recent decisions that you have confirmed, which have placed you at our side, especially in an essential role in this conflict – I have said it several times – the security and stability of our Europe are at stake. Thank you for that.

And I believe that we have a common view on the war that is being played out today in Ukraine. We made many common decisions together. The authorization we gave so that Ukraine can strike its aggressors while defending its territory, the significant efforts made by our countries to arm, train and equip the Ukrainian army and we have, in recent months, made several fundamental decisions . We discussed the details of, obviously, the war that is being played out there. We will meet on this subject at the G7 summit, where we both hope, all G7 members will be able to recommit to a solidarity payment towards Ukraine of 50 billion dollars, then the Peace Conference which will be held in Switzerland, where you will be represented, and which will be a step to structure the debates, and the NATO summit in Washington.

In any case, on the question of Ukraine, our view is common, it is that of respect for international law, of the freedom of peoples to self-determination, of this fundamental right for our nations. And thank you once again for standing alongside Europe.

This close coordination between the United States and France extends to other crisis areas, because there cannot be double standards. Although we are faced with a multiplication of crisis centers, we act on the basis of the same principles with the same determination.

In Gaza, we want to obtain the immediate release of the hostages, and as such, we welcome the 4 Israeli hostages released today by the Israeli army. We want to achieve an immediate ceasefire and open the prospect of a political solution, the only one capable of creating the conditions for a just and lasting peace and responding to the security demands of the two peoples. This is why we support the US proposal for a comprehensive agreement. After 9 months of conflict, the situation in Rafah, like the human toll, is unacceptable; it is also intolerable that Israel does not open all crossing points to humanitarian aid, as the international community has been asking for several months, and we reiterate our request for a ceasefire so that aid can arrive massively. The Security Council must, in this respect, be able to play its full role.

At the same time, we will redouble our joint efforts to avoid a regional explosion, particularly in Lebanon, where we share the urgency to move forward on de-escalation parameters on the Blue Line as well as on the institutional aspect. And we have established close coordination between our two countries in discussions with Israel on the one hand and with Lebanon and all stakeholders on the other.

Regarding Iran, we make the same observation of an all-out escalation strategy, whether it concerns the unprecedented attacks against Israel, regional destabilization maneuvers or, of course, the Iranian nuclear program. . Our two countries are determined to exert the necessary pressure to stem this trend, which we demonstrated again just a few days ago by jointly adopting a resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency.

It is the same coordination and the same desire that there be no double standards which is also at the heart of our coordination in Africa, in the crises in Sudan, in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and in all points of regional tension.

Beyond the crises, our two countries, driven by the same sense of leadership, will continue to act to respond to the challenge of our time, particularly what affects the most vulnerable countries, this unity that we want to make precisely the fairer international order. This is the whole meaning of the Paris Pact for people and the planet on which we will work together, but also initiatives relating to more effective taxation, our action to accelerate the exit from coal or the preparations for the Conference of the United Nations on the ocean, like our mobilization on global health with a Summit which will be held for the vaccine alliance on which we are working together and which will be held in Paris in a few weeks.

It is the same desire that is also at the heart of the Olympic truce which was approved by a United Nations resolution a few days ago.

On the economic front, we have also expressed the same concerns regarding potentially unfair practices by China, resulting in the creation of overcapacity – a subject of such importance for the global economy that we must act in a coordinated manner . During my visit in December 2022, I had the opportunity to explain the consequences of the Inflation Reduction Act on the European economy; we talked about it again. This legislation is useful, it makes it possible to contribute, even accelerate the decarbonization of the American economy and therefore the implementation of the Paris agreement. Our desire is truly that we can move towards a resynchronization of our economies between the United States of America and the European economies in terms of regulation, in terms of level of investment, and in major areas such as cleantech, artificial intelligence, but also agri-food subjects.

Finally, we also want to build stronger cooperation on a bilateral level. American students, American researchers, American entrepreneurs are welcome in our country and we hope that there will be even more of them. We also have cooperation built during the state visit in December 2022, in any case reinforced in this regard. I am thinking of civil nuclear power and space, where we wish to go further, and moreover, since then, several agreements have been signed between CNES and NASA on Earth observation – among others – or on the subject of Artemis program.

I am also proud to be able to say today that the first American TGV built by Alstom will be put into service in the United States by the end of the year, which is also a sign of increased cooperation between our rail industries. . A success which marks our economic ambition and energy transition by using French technological excellence.

I also want to salute here the importance of American investments in France, still very present at the Choose France summit a few weeks ago.

And France will also launch an unprecedented foundation worth 100 million euros, which will allow us to massively increase academic and research exchanges between our two countries, and I want to thank the companies who have joined this effort. , in particular the commitment of CMA-CGM. This new initiative will follow the success of the Villa Albertine which, in several cities in your country, has already welcomed 180 creators and intellectuals in the space of two years, in total in around fifty cities.

I won’t be any longer, but I want to say that on the wars today which are damaging the course of the world, on the major international issues as well as on the bilateral relationship, we are keen, with President BIDEN, to move forward. on a common roadmap which is confidence in progress, confidence in investment, recovery, innovation, a desire to create jobs in the United States as in Europe for our workers, a desire to be to the point of decarbonizing our economies and building peace, to do it without naivety, that is to say, to be alongside those who resist, to do it without naivety, that is -say to seek agreements, including the most demanding.

And for that, Mr President, I thank you for being the President of the leading world power but for doing so with the clarity and loyalty of a partner who loves and respects Europeans and one who wants, precisely, to build its agreements, from Ukraine to the Middle East, including what we now want to resume on the economic level. Thank you for being present on all these issues.

Thank you, once again, for honoring Paris, Normandy and France with these celebrations and this state visit with your wife. Thank you President.

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