In a half-hour telephone call also Wednesday that the White House described as “friendly,” President Emmanuel Macron of France and President Biden agreed to meet next month to discuss the way forward. The call suggested a cooling of tempers. France also agreed to send back its ambassador that it had recalled from Washington.
Asked whether she can understand the French criticism, Frederiksen replied: “No, I cannot. I do not understand that at all.”
She stressed that that did not mean Denmark agreed with the U.S. on everything.
“We have said that we would have liked to see another exit from Afghanistan,” she said. "But I have no frustrations at all in relation to the new American administration.”
Denmark, a NATO member, has been a staunch supporter of the U.S. It backed the war in Iraq and maintained some 12,000 soldiers in Afghanistan from 2002 until the U.S. withdrawal this year.
Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian issued a statement Thursday saying he held a bilateral meeting with his American counterpart Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the United Nations summit aimed at “restoring confidence” between their two countries.
Le Drian said the New York meeting took place in the light of Wednesday’s call between Macron and Biden.
Le Drian's statement noted that the “way out of the crisis between our two countries would take time and would require action.”