Tension continues to escalate between France on the one hand, Australia and the United States On the other hand, against the background of the submarine deal.
In an unprecedented scene of anger among the Allies, France’s ambassador to Australia, Jean-Pierre Thibault, described Canberras sudden cancellation of a major submarine contract for American deal By “fatal error”.
“This was a huge mistake, and a very bad deal between the partners,” he said while leaving his residence in the Australian capital, today, Saturday, according to the Associated Press, adding that the arms agreement between Paris and Canberra was supposed to be based on “trust, mutual understanding and honesty.” “.
He also added: “I wish we could have used a time machine, so we wouldn’t get to this current clumsy, inappropriate, and un-Australian situation.”
It is noteworthy that the departure of the ambassador came after Paris recalls its ambassadors in the American and Australian capitalsYesterday, Friday, to protest against the agreement announced Wednesday between the United States, Australia and Britain to provide Canberra with a fleet of eight nuclear-powered submarines, to replace the French submarines.
While Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, “regretted” her ally’s withdrawal of her representative from the country.
It is noteworthy that the US deal prompted Australia to cancel a contract worth 90 billion Australian dollars (66 billion US dollars) with the French state-owned Naval Group, the majority of which was signed in 2016, to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines.
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