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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:36 AM

Joe Biden in Paris to reaffirm US support of France in Mali

Source: RFI

Published on: Monday, February 4, 2013 - Updated on: Monday, February 4, 2013


The U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, on their arrival at Orly airport, February 3, 2013.


François Hollande receives Joe Biden on Monday, February 4 at the Elysee. The French President and the U.S. Vice President will address key topics, in the first place, the conflict in Mali. Joe Biden renewed support of the United States to the French military intervention, support carefully weighed.

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It is this vice president to whom Barack Obama has given the task of representing him on this trip to meet those Washington has called the "oldest friends and closest allies" of the United States: Germany, Great Britain and France.

In Paris, Joe Biden is especially reaffirming support of the United States to France "for its intervention in Mali." On the material level, this support is real: Washington provides information, logistics and air refueling of fighter aircraft French. But a few days ago, the White House did not hide its skepticism about operation Serval, fearing that France has not prepared a plan to end the conflict in which it might get stuck.

The United States emphasizes the importance of an immediate deployment of the African Mission in charge of supporting the French troops, and the need to quickly organize free and democratic elections in Mali.

Read more: http://www.rfi.fr/france/20130204-joe-biden-paris-reaffirmer-le-soutien-etats-unis-france-mali



Joe and Jill Biden will have lunch with French President François Hollande this afternoon at the Elysee, the presidential residence in Paris. It's 8:36 a.m. there now. Translation via Google.

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ucrdem Feb 2013 OP
graham4anything Feb 2013 #1
ucrdem Feb 2013 #2
graham4anything Feb 2013 #7
Beacool Feb 2013 #5
DFW Feb 2013 #3
Franker65 Feb 2013 #4
Beacool Feb 2013 #6
samsingh Feb 2013 #8

Response to ucrdem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:54 AM

1. Alright VP Biden.Looks like VPBiden will be the defacto person President Obama calls on now

 

It would seem like this is something SOS Hillary would have done the last four years.

Wish I was in France. Best country in the world. Orly is a great airport too.

Glad France finally has a leader from the left in President Hollande, after years of the rightwing Sarkozy.

It's why I would love to see VP Biden stick around as VP with Pres.Hillary45 in 2017-25.
Joe has the freedom to say and do as he likes which allows things normally left unsaid for political reasons to be said.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:08 AM

2. Looks a little chilly doesn't it?

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But yeah Joe is having a great trip. Good news out of Munich which he just left, too:

Iran welcomes Biden’s Nuclear talks offer as ‘positive’

Munich, Feb 3:

Iran today responded positively to US Vice-President Joe Biden’s offer to hold direct negotiations with the authorities in Teheran over the country’s contested nuclear programme, but demanded the West to stop building up pressure on the country.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akhbar Salehi, who was eagerly awaited at the 49th Munich Security Conference, welcomed Biden’s statement as “positive” and as a “step forward”.

However, he repeated his country’s position that it will be prepared for negotiations with the US only when they take place on an “equal basis”.

“Unfortunately, every time we have negotiated, it was the other side which did not adhere to its commitments,” Salehi told around 400 delegates on the final day of the three—day conference.

Addressing the conference yesterday, Biden said the Obama administration is prepared to hold direct negotiations with Iran to end the stand-off over its nuclear programme if the Iranian leadership takes them seriously.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/international/iran-welcomes-bidens-ntalks-offer-as-positive/article4377570.ece


All that and a trip to Paris too. Lucky guy!


US Vice-President Biden speaks at the 49th Conference on Security Policy in Munich
http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20130203-biden-visits-paris-backs-french-mali-intervention

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Response to ucrdem (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:19 AM

7. it's like 20 degrees here in NJ (10 last night) so it's probably warmer in France.

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:17 AM

5. I like France too.

I go there regularly because I have family near the Pyrenees. Paris is one of my favorite cities.

Yeah, Hollande is a improvement over Sarkozy.

It is a trip that Hillary would have normally undertaken. I guess that it fell during the transition period and too soon to have sent Kerry.



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Response to ucrdem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:23 AM

3. It IS chilly in Europe right now.

We were in Berlin on Friday when Biden was there. I didn't see him, but my wife said the police presence around the Adlon and the embassies was thicker than a London fog.

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Response to ucrdem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:32 AM

4. Good to see the US supporting France

And even better Joe landed at Orly rather than CDG, the latter is a nightmarish experience/introduction to France.

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Response to Franker65 (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:19 AM

6. I hate CDG!!!

It's the largest airport in Europe and a nightmare. Aside from the people being so rude.

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Response to ucrdem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:38 PM

8. good. i'm glad to hear this

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