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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will focus on assist for Ukraine throughout talks in Paris subsequent week with French President Emmanuel Macron, the State Department introduced Wednesday.

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France is among the many main navy suppliers to Ukraine, which is going through an onslaught of Russian assaults.

President Joe Biden’s request for billions of {dollars} in new US navy support to Kyiv is held up within the House of Representatives, led by the rival Republican Party.

“Secretary Blinken will meet with French President Macron to discuss support for Ukraine, efforts to prevent escalation of the conflict in Gaza and a number of other important issues,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller advised reporters.

France has advocated for a everlasting ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, whereas the United States, Israel’s fundamental ally, lately let go a UN Security Council decision that requires a ceasefire throughout the month of Ramadan.

It would be the first go to in almost two years to France by Blinken, a fluent French speaker who grew up partly in Paris. Macron paid a state go to to Washington in December 2022.

After Paris, Blinken will head to Brussels for talks of NATO international ministers forward of the alliance’s seventy fifth anniversary summit in Washington in July.

Blinken will even maintain a three-way assembly in Brussels with EU leaders and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who has been looking for to department out from his nation’s historic alliance with Russia.

Blinken and the European Union will deal with “support for Armenia’s economic resilience as it works to diversify its trade partnerships and to address humanitarian needs,” Miller stated.

Armenia was angered final yr by Russia’s failure to stop Azerbaijan from retaking the Nagorno-Karabakh area from ethnic Armenian rebels.