Damage control: U.S., NATO officials scramble to patch up trans-Atlantic rifts


(Worthy News) – U.S. and officials worked overtime on both sides of the Atlantic on Tuesday to patch up rifts in the alliance and to tamp down tensions between key members on Afghanistan, a controversial submarine deal, and other fronts.

In , NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg used a major speech at Georgetown University to push back on the growing narrative that the Biden administration’s abrupt, unilateral withdrawal from Afghanistan has sparked a backlash in and fueled questions in NATO capitals about the reliability of the U.S. as a partner. He also argued that ’s decision to spurn and instead strike a submarine agreement with the U.S. and hasn’t caused any long-term damage.

Regional analysts, however, say it remains to be seen whether the deal, commonly known as AUKUS, carries lasting effects. While France and the U.S. already are showing clear signs they want to move on, specialists contend that the relationship between Paris and London remains as strained as it has been in decades. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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