The British Ministry of Foreign Affairs defends the AUKUS defense pact concluded with the United States and Australia. “Freedom has to be defended, that’s why we are building strong security ties around the world,” head of diplomacy Liz Truss wrote in The Sunday Telegraph.
The new minister of foreign affairs, appointed to this position on September 15, did not comment in the article on the sharp protests that France reported about the creation of AUKUS. Government in Paris he does not hide his indignationbecause, due to this new pact, Australia broke off the signed contracts for the supply of submarines by France, choosing instead US-British technology. In response to the deal, France recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra on Friday.
Lizz Truss pointed out that the agreement – seen as a response to China’s increasingly assertive actions – demonstrates Britain’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. She stressed that the UK will always defend freedom and oppose unfair practices.
“Freedom has to be defended, so we are also building strong security ties around the world. That is why last week the Prime Minister announced with our friends President (US, Joe) Biden and Prime Minister (Australian, Scott) Morrison, a new partnership for security called AUKUS, “wrote Truss.
Reminder of the key importance of the region
The diplomat emphasized that this “shows our readiness to act hard to defend our interests and to oppose unfair practices and bad actions”. “It also shows our commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” she added. She recalled that in the integrated review of foreign policy, security and development presented earlier this year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed the key importance of the region, as well as that the United Kingdom had begun negotiations to join the CPTPP, a trade partnership in the Pacific region.
Truss added that “partnering with like-minded countries to build coalitions based on shared values and interests” will benefit all UK residents – including by creating hundreds of high-skilled new jobs – as well as residents of other countries.
As part of the government reconstruction carried out by Boris Johnson on Wednesday, Liz Truss, the former foreign trade minister, replaced Dominic Raab as head of diplomacy. The same evening, Great Britain, the USA and Australia announced the conclusion of a new trilateral AUKUS defense pact.
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