November 8, 2021
Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris on Her Trip to France
Tonight, I will travel to France at the invitation of President Macron to build on our Administration’s progress strengthening our alliances and partnerships in Europe and around the world. During my visit, I will join leaders at the Paris Peace Forum to address the rising inequality that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. To promote security and stability in cyberspace, I will participate in a high-level meeting on the Paris Agenda for Technology and the Digital Domain. And to demonstrate our strong support for the people of Libya as they plan for elections later this year, I will attend the Paris Conference on Libya.The alliance between the United States and France is America’s oldest, and among our strongest. I look forward to discussing with President Macron our work together on the most urgent challenges of our time —including the climate crisis, the global health crisis, and regional security concerns. We will also discuss new opportunities for collaboration in the area of space. It is fitting that the trip coincides with Armistice Day and Veterans Day. During World War I, and throughout our history, members of the United States and French armed forces fought side by side in defense of freedom. The courage and commitment of our military service members is a source of national pride and gratitude. We honor their sacrifice by continuing the work—bilaterally and multilaterally—to build a better and more peaceful future. I am departing for France on the heels of important progress for the American people, following passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal which will make America more competitive. And I look forward to building on our progress here at home by working with our allies and partners to advance this Administration’s agenda—and our country’s interests—around the world.