Blinken, Macron discuss rebuilding trust

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the soured bilateral ties and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

Blinken held separate talks with Macron and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Tuesday.

Bilateral relations deteriorated last month after Australia decided to scrap a major submarine contract with France. Canberra instead opted for US and UK technological support under a new three-way security partnership called AUKUS.

This is the first time since then that Macron has met with a senior US official in person.

The French presidential office said the talks were held to restore trust.

The two sides are said to have talked about cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

France is not part of the AUKUS, but has overseas territories in the region.

US President Joe Biden and Macron will likely discuss the issue in their scheduled meeting in Europe later this month.