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French, UK Defence Ministers’ Meeting Off Amid Submarine Row: Report

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French President not too long ago recalled France envoys to Canberra and Washington (Representational)

Australia:

France has cancelled a gathering set for this week between its Defence Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart Ben Wallace, a supply at her ministry advised AFP Sunday.

The transfer comes after the United States, Australia and the UK sparked a full-blown diplomatic disaster with France by saying a strategic partnership below which US nuclear submarines will probably be equipped to Australia, successfully sidelining France.

The “meeting planned for this week in London… will not take place due to the French cancelling”, mentioned the ministry supply.

Australia’s choice to tear up a contract to purchase French submarines in favour of American nuclear-powered vessels sparked outrage in Paris final week.

In an unprecedented transfer, French President Emmanuel Macron recalled France’s ambassadors to Canberra and Washington.

In London, a Ministry of Defence supply mentioned they might neither affirm nor deny the cancellation of the assembly, however added: “The UK stays in dialog with our French counterparts concerning the conferences.

“We proceed to have a robust and close-working defence partnership with France, as they continue to be trusted allies of the UK and we proceed to work with France in lots of tools and operational domains.”

The French contract to provide typical submarines to Australia was value Aus$50 billion ($36.5 billion, 31 billion euros) when signed in 2016.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has described the snub to France as a “stab within the again”.

The behaviour of US President Joe Biden’s administration had been similar to that of Donald Trump, whose sudden modifications in coverage lengthy exasperated European allies, he added.

“There has been mendacity, duplicity, a significant breach of belief and contempt,” Le Drian advised France 2 tv on Saturday.

Britain, he dismissed because the “third wheel” within the US-Anglo-Australian partnership.

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