So far there is no relaxation between France and Australia in the submarine dispute
In the fierce underwater feud between France, Australia and the United States, there are so far no signs of relaxation between Paris and Canberra.
In the heated underwater feud between France, Australia and the United States, there are so far no signs of relaxation between Paris and Canberra. While French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden sought a rapprochement on Wednesday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Macron had so far turned his back on him.
He had tried calling Macron, but this “had not happened yet,” Morrison said Wednesday night during a visit to Washington. “We will show patience, we understand your disappointment,” he said, referring to the broken submarine agreement between the two countries.
The United States, Britain and Australia announced an Indo-Pacific alliance last week, which also includes the joint construction of nuclear submarines for Australia. Because Australia later broke a long-planned multi-million dollar submarine deal with France, Paris is extremely angry. Among other things, Paris recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra.
Biden tried it on Wednesday in a requested phone call with Macron to smooth things over. The White House later described the conversation as “friendly.” France plans to send its ambassador back to Washington next week. So far there have been no announcements that the French ambassador will also be sent back to Canberra.
“Australia has decided to withdraw from a very important arms deal,” Morrison said. It is “understandable that France is disappointed by this.” “I think it will take more time to solve these problems than the United States and France.”
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