Biden says U.S. was 'clumsy' in submarine deal

U.S. President Joe Biden met with French President Emmanuel Macron Friday at the G20 summit in Rome.

Biden used the meeting to smooth things over with France, after the U.S.-Australia security alliance, known as AUKUS, which also includes the U.K., effectively canceled a 2016 Australia-France submarine deal, causing a rift between Washington and Paris.

''I think what happened was to use an English phrase, what we did was clumsy. It was not done with a lot of grace. I was under the impression that certain things had happened that hadn't happened, and I want to make it clear France is an extremely, extremely valued partner.''

Biden said he was under the impression that France had already been informed that their deal with Australia was not going through.

"Honest to God did not know you had not been."

He also said the United States does not have an older and more loyal ally than France.

Macron, for his part, said France and the U.S. have improved cooperation since the deal, and he's eager to move forward.

MACRON: (IN FRENCH) "We must look to the future. The work we have done over the past few weeks, what we will discuss today will clarify what is European sovereignty and European defense as part of global security.''

Biden and Macron had spoken to each other following last month's rift and discussed security cooperation in Africa, Europe and the Indo-Pacific.

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