True to his word, the new Ambassador has hit the ground running. After presenting his credentials to President Bush on September 18th, he assisted with President Sarkozy’s visit for the United Nations General Assembly and is preparing an official summit meeting with Mr. Bush in Washington, due to take place in November.
This flurry of activity puts Mr. Vimont at the center of a jam-packed bilateral agenda for rapprochement between Paris and Washington over such complex issues as Iraq, Iran, NATO, the European Union and the global environment.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to renew the Franco-American relationship, and Ambassador Vimont will be leading that effort in Washington,” says Antony Blinken, Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Besides being the consummate diplomat, he has deep knowledge of the transatlantic and global agenda.”