Diplomatic strain between France and Oz | The Canberra Times

Diplomatic strain between France and Oz |  The Canberra Times

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France’s withdrawal of its Australian ambassador over Canberra’s move to abolish a submarine deal with European power has been “noted with regret”. Australia this week scrapped a $ 90 billion deal with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines in favor of a nuclear fleet as part of an alliance – called AUKUS – with Britain and the United States. France described the move as a stab in the back and confirmed overnight that it would withdraw diplomatic chiefs from Australia and the United States. “We note with regret France’s decision to recall its ambassador to Australia for consultations following the decision on the attack class project,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marise Payne said in a statement on Saturday. “Australia understands France’s deep disappointment with our decision, which was taken in accordance with our clear and communicated national security interests.” Australia values ​​its relationship with France, which is an important partner and a vital contributor to stability, especially in the Indo-Pacific. . This will not change. Senator Payne’s spokesman said Australia and France share many issues of interest and “we look forward to engaging in France again.” Senior Federal Labor MP Mark Dreyfus called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to explain how he plans to patch up “The impact on our relationship with France is a concern, especially as a country with important interests in our region,” Mr Dreyfus said. “The French were dazzled by this decision and Mr Morrison should have done much more to protect it.” The AUKUS event could see Australia’s first nuclear-powered submarines in the water by 2040. Morrison confirmed that Australia spent $ 2.4 billion on the scrapped French submarine deal for 12 attack-class submarines. ” Of course, they are disappointed, “he said when the new deal was announced. He stressed that the decision did not reflect the attacking class, navy group or French government. to withdraw the ambassadors based on the seriousness of the matter. “The abandonment of the submarine project … and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States with the aim of launching new studies for future possible nuclear propulsion cooperation is unacceptable behavior between allies,” he said. the concept we have about alliances, our partnerships and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe. “With reports from Reuters. Australian Associated Press

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