The head of French diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian said that despite talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the diplomatic crisis between France and the United States remains serious and unresolved. The reason for the dispute between Washington and Paris is Australia’s termination of the contract for French submarines and the decision to buy American units.
– The crisis is serious, it has not been resolved only because we have resumed talks, it will continue. To get out of it, we will need deeds, not words, ‘French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French parliamentarians. The head of French diplomacy met his American counterpart Antony Blinken on Tuesday. The secretary of state also spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.
Le Drian added that the talks on both sides should bear fruit before the end of October and the scheduled meeting of Macron with US President Joe Biden at that time. According to the head of French diplomacy, the dialogue with the American side focuses on the involvement of France and the European Union in the Indo-Pacific region, strengthening Europe’s defense capabilities and US support for European anti-terrorist missions in the African Sahel.
Diplomatic crisis with submarines in the background
In mid-September, Australia, Great Britain and the USA concluded AUKUS Security Pact. As a result, Canberra terminated the contract for the purchase of 12 French conventionally propelled submarines worth 56 billion euros and announced a program to build nuclear submarines in cooperation with London and Washington. France recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra.
Minister Le Drian announced on Wednesday that the French ambassador to Australia would return to Canberra to “redefine the terms of our future relationship”. The French ambassador to the US was informed about the return to Washington at the end of September.
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