Blinken calls France 'vital partner' after Australia rift
"I want to emphasize that there is no regional divide separating the interests of our Atlantic and our Pacific partners," Blinken told reporters.
"We want to find every opportunity to deepen our transatlantic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and around the world," Blinken said.
"France, in particular, is a vital partner on this."
The United States, Britain and Australia announced a new alliance under which Canberra will be the second country to obtain nuclear submarines with US technology.
"The United States will not leave Australia alone on the field or, better yet, on the pitch," he said, using sporting metaphors.