In a new escalation against the backdrop of Australia canceling a huge contract to buy submarines from Paris, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on Friday that his country had summoned its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations due to the “exceptional danger” of declaring the strategic partnership between Washington, London and Canberra.
He said in a statement, “At the request of the President of the Republic, I have decided to immediately summon to Paris to consult our ambassadors to the United States and Australia. This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional gravity of what Australia and the United States announced on September 15.”
“We are committed to resolving differences.” regarding this decision,” affirming the United States’ commitment to resolving differences with France in the coming days. Canberra abandoned the purchase of French submarines in favor of American submarines.
It seemed that Paris, which described the decision, to an Australian as a “stab in the back” hinting that the move could affect trade talks in the broadest sense.
On the other hand, the Australian Foreign Minister expressed today her country’s understanding of France’s “disappointment” after its decision to abandon the purchase of submarines from it, stressing the desire
“I fully understand the disappointment,” said Maris Payne of Washington. There is no doubt that these are very difficult issues to address.”
“But we will continue to work constructively and closely with our colleagues in France,” she added during her speech at the American Enterprise Institute. Trade negotiations
For his part, Clement Bonn, Minister of State for European Affairs, told France 24 news channel, “We are in trade negotiations with Australia. I don’t know how we can trust our Australian partners.”
The next round of talks, covering areas including trade, services, investment and intellectual property rights, is scheduled for this fall.