French President Emmanuel Macron and the United States Vice-President Kamala Harris had their first phone call in which both leaders agreed to look into “close bilateral and multilateral cooperation” in the wake of coronavirus and climate change.
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After the call, Macron and Harris said on their official social media accounts that they “agreed on the need for close bilateral and multilateral cooperation to deal with Covid-19, climate change, and support democracy at home and around the world.”
During the phone call, the US Vice President Kamala Harris pledged her commitment to revitalize the transatlantic alliance while touching many regional challenges, especially in the Middle East and Africa, and the need to face them together.
Kamala Harris, however, thanked President Macron for his leadership on the subject of gender equality and for France’s contribution to NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover.
Les sujets abordés entre Kamala Harris et Emmanuel Macron : Covid, changement climatique, géopolitique au Proche-Orient et Afrique, égalité des sexes et le robot martien Perseverance pic.twitter.com/LFjiYJNuhA
— Philippe Berry (@ptiberry) February 15, 2021
Taking it to his official Twitter account, Mr Macron said, “Glad we had this first talk @VP Kamala Harris! Let’s move forward together on all the challenges we face: climate, gender equality, regional crises, and our space cooperation with (hopefully) a new step this Thursday with Perseverance’s landing on Mars!”
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Glad we had this first talk @VP Kamala Harris! Let’s move forward together on all the challenges we face: climate, gender equality, regional crises, and our space cooperation with (hopefully) a new step this Thursday with Perseverance’s landing on Mars! https://t.co/5Qb1T8Pkqp
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) February 15, 2021
After seven months of journey, NASA’s Perseverance rover is expected to land on Mars on Thursday, an ultra-perilous manoeuvre that will mark the beginning of a multi-year quest in search of traces of ancient lives.