US VP Harris with husband arrive in Paris for 5-day official visit

20:19, 09 November 2021
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Kamala Harris and the second gentleman of the US Doug Emhoff have landed in the French capital to negotiate with President Macron and participate in other meetings on the agenda.

Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff arrived on Tuesday in France’s capital Paris for Harris’s first European trip at the position.

The couple will spend five days in France with a busy agenda, including talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, a tribute event to American soldiers who died in the World Wars, and other meetings.

The first female vice president in US history has already visited the Institut Pasteur where her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, conducted research on breast cancer in the 1980s. She gave an interview to journalists and met scientists from France and the US.

The Institute, which is one of the leading French centers studying biology, diseases, vaccines, and micro-organisms, currently focuses on COVID research.

On Wednesday Harris will meet President Macron at the Élysée Palace as the counties still face tensions in the bilateral relations after the AUKUS security pact which cost France more than $30 bln as it had to cancel a submarine deal with Australia who got access to US technology on nuclear-powered submarines.

"The key message for this meeting is the importance of this relationship and the fact that US-French partnership matters to the world. It also matters to the American people,” the VP’s representatives said.

Harris unveiled that they will discuss a range of urgent issues including climate change and global warming, the world health crisis, and security challenges, as well as space cooperation.

On November 11 Harris will take part in solemn ceremonies at the occasion of Armistice Day, a French national holiday which commemorates the end of World War I. She will also visit on the occasion of Veterans Day celebrated on the same date the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial where US troops who died in the World Wars were buried.

"When you look at the message of Armistice Day and the message of the American Cemetery, it is about the years that France and the United States have stood together, our shared values, and our commitment to continue doing the right things together around the world," the White House said.

Doug Emhoff will accompany his wife for some events but he will equally participate alone in other activities, including those aiming at promoting gender equality, sports diplomacy, and education.

The VP’s visit to Europe comes shortly after that of US President Joe Biden who took part in the G20 and COP26 summits recently held in Italy and Scotland respectively.