Harris and Macron unveil new space and cybersecurity initiatives after meeting

Vice President Harris announced new initiatives with France on space and cybersecurity on Wednesday following a meeting with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel Macron The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Did Democrats Misunderstand Voters’ Call for 2020 Change? Harris heads to Paris amid the healing of the gap between the United States and France Harris to convene the first meeting of the space council on December 1 MORE in Paris.

The White House Harris and Macron agreed to launch a “comprehensive” bilateral dialogue on space through which French and US officials will work together to address issues such as climate change, expand space exploration, and expand access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

“Noting the 60-year partnership between the US and France in space and the growing importance of space in delivering benefits to people around the world, Vice President Harris and President Macron agreed to establish a comprehensive dialogue between the US. US and France on space to enhance civil, commercial, and national security space cooperation, ”the senior advisor and senior spokesperson to the Vice President Symone sandersSymone SandersBiden Talks With Macron, Harris To Meet French President In Paris Harris Facilitates Coin Toss At Howard Harris University Soccer Game To Campaign For Gavin Newsom Before Recall Elections MORE it said in a statement.

Harris, who chairs the National Space Council, also announced that the United States would join the Space Weather Observatory, an international initiative of space agencies and organizations that focuses on the impact of climate change. The French National Center for Space Studies is also part of the initiative.

Additionally, Harris announced that the US would endorse the Paris Call for Confidence and Security in Cyberspace, an initiative Macron announced in 2018 to unite governments and the private sector to advance cybersecurity based on nine principles.

As part of a five-day trip to France, Harris held a bilateral meeting with Macron on Wednesday during which the two discussed the coronavirus pandemic, space cooperation and other topics. The visit lasted just under two hours.

The White House is seeking to repair relations with its oldest ally after the United States enraged France with a deal to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia earlier this year. President BidenJoe Biden Video showing violence removed from Rep. Gosar’s account after pushback Federal judge rejects Trump’s effort to block Jan.6 documents Expected price increases raise political stakes for Biden MORE met with Macron in Rome two weeks ago as part of that effort.

At the beginning of their meeting, Macron warmly greeted Harris and told the vice president that “the French are extremely proud to have you today.” Macron described the global effort as entering a “new era” and said that cooperation between the United States and France is “absolutely critical.”

Harris echoed that sentiment.

“We are at the beginning of a new era that presents us with many challenges but also many opportunities,” said the vice president. “When the United States and France have worked together on challenges and opportunities, we have always been highly successful because of shared values ​​and priorities.”

None of the officials mentioned the disagreement over the submarine pact during their remarks and ignored questions about the state of the relationship between the United States and France after the meeting.


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