French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden agreed in a phone call ahead of their upcoming visit to Beijing to engage China to speed up the end of the war in Ukraine, the Elysee Palace said on Wednesday.
“The two leaders indicated their joint willingness to engage China to speed up the end of the war in Ukraine and participate in the establishment of lasting peace in the region,” Macron’s office said in a statement.
The Elysée said Macron and Biden both hope China can contribute to solidarity efforts between the global North and the global South and create a joint agenda for climate and biodiversity.
It was not specified that Macron is visiting China from Wednesday to Friday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to hold talks with him to chart the course of bilateral relations, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said earlier.