United States – Visit of Jean-Yves Le Drian to Washington and New York (July 13-17, 2021)


The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will be in the United States from July 13 to 17, first in Washington and then in New York.

In Washington, he will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. It will reaffirm the historic friendship that unites our two countries and our desire to continue to deepen the transatlantic relationship, including on global issues, in the continuity of the work undertaken since the beginning of the year and the events of last month, including the G7 and NATO meetings, the EU-US summit and Mr Blinken’s visit to Paris on 25 June. He will also meet with US senators.

In a conversation hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he will discuss deepening transatlantic cooperation on challenges related to the Indo-Pacific. On July 14, he will meet with members of the French community at the French Embassy in the United States. Finally, he will be accompanied by the American Secretary of State to preside over the inauguration of a replica of the Statue of Liberty – symbol of Franco-American friendship – on loan from the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts.

In New York, the minister will chair two ministerial-level meetings at the UN Security Council, whose monthly rotating presidency has been held by France since July 1. These meetings will focus on two of our diplomatic priorities: that of July 15 will be devoted to the situation in Libya, and that of July 16 to the protection of humanitarian space. On this occasion, the Minister will meet the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, to discuss the crises and global challenges facing the international community.

While in New York, the Minister will also meet with representatives of French companies and the French community. He will also participate in a discussion with representatives of digital companies on the challenges of regulating this sector.