Biden & Macron call was 'friendly' & French will send envoy back to US following arms deal spat.

President Joe Biden's call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday was friendly, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.

Last week, France recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia and accused Biden of stabbing it in the back after Australia ditched a 40-billion dollar defense contract with Paris for the purchase of submarines and opted for U.S. submarines instead.

In a joint statement issued after Biden and Macron spoke by telephone, the two leaders agreed to launch in-depth consultations to rebuild trust, and to meet in Europe at the end of October.

They said Washington had committed to step up "support to counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel conducted by European states" though it was unclear if this might mean the deployment of U.S. special forces or merely greater logistical support.

The call, which was requested by Washington, was an attempt to mend fences after France accused the United States of stabbing it in the back.

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