“President Emmanuel Macron has decided that the French ambassador will return to Washington next week,” the White House said in a press release following a telephone conversation between the two leaders. The diplomat, like the French ambassador from Canberra, was recalled from the Eaten States last week. This was related to the tense situation in relations with the United States after the Americans concluded the AUKUS defense pact with Australia and Great Britain.
The White House announced on Wednesday in a press release that US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke that day on the phone at the request of the US leader to discuss the situation surrounding the announcement of the new the tripartite defense pact between Australia, the US and Great Britain, known as AUKUS.
On this occasion, Australia broke off the contract for the purchase of conventional submarines from the Naval Group, which was worth $ 40 billion, which had been negotiated with France for many months. In response to the conclusion of the pact, France recalled her ambassadors from Washington and Canberraalthough she did not recall the ambassador from Great Britain.
White House: The French Ambassador will return to Washington next week
Leaders agreed that the announcement of the AUKUS security pact should have been preceded by “open consultations” to avoid a diplomatic dispute. In a joint communiqué, Biden and Macron announced that the US president assessed that Europe’s joint defense capabilities should be “much stronger”.
Biden and Macron decided to “initiate an in-depth consultation process” to rebuild trust between Washington and Paris, which was severely damaged by an incident in what the French press called “the Australian warship affair”. Both presidents will meet at the end of October, it was reported.
“President Emmanuel Macron has decided that the French ambassador will return to Washington next week. He will then start working intensively with high-ranking US officials,” the press release said.
French outrage and dismissal of ambassadors
On Friday, at the request of Macron, the head of French diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian announced that Paris was calling its ambassadors to the US and Australia for consultations on a tripartite deal that led to Canberra’s severance of a trade deal known in France as the “contract of the century” and rated by Reuters at at least $ 40 billion, and by the Associated Press at nearly $ 100 billion.
As part of the AUKUS pact announced on September 15, Australia is to build nuclear-powered submarines based on American and British technology.
Paris expressed indignation both at Canberra’s termination of the contract and at its omission in strategic plans related to the Indian and Pacific Ocean region, the Associated Press agency reported, citing a French diplomat.
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