lørdag 18. september 2021

Australia ‘regrets’ France’s recall of ambassador as Aukus fallout predicted to last years

Australia has said it “notes with regret” France’s extraordinary decision to recall its ambassador over the scrapping of a submarine contract – part of the Aukus military deal that experts said could damage relations for years and have serious broader consequences. A spokesperson for Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, said: “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, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. This will not change.». The spokesperson said Australia and France share many issues of interest and “we look forward to engaging with France again”.