9/18, 3:02 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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White House: France is US's oldest ally

France is our oldest ally and one of the United States' strongest partners, and we share a long history of shared democratic values and a commitment to working together to address global challenges, White House National Security Council Spokesperson Emily Horne stated.

"We have been in close touch with our French partners on their decision to recall Ambassador [Philippe] Etienne to Paris for consultations," Horne said. "We understand their position and will continue to be engaged in the coming days to resolve our differences, as we have done at other points over the course of our long alliance."

France recalled its ambassador to Washington over the deal the US made with Australia on the acquisition of new military submarines. The White House later said it regrets Paris's decision.

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