French President Emmanuel Macron and new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese agreed on Friday, July 1 in Paris to restore “trust” between the two countries, severely damaged by Canberra’s cancellation of a giant contract to purchase twelve submarines in France.
” Let’s talk about the future, not the past “The French head of state was launched after welcoming Anthony Albanese in the courtyard of the Élysée Palace in Paris. The new Prime Minister, who sat in power in May after Labor won the general election,” not responsible for what happened “, he added.
Emmanuel Macron pointed to the high tensions between Paris and Canberra following the cancellation in September 2021 ofaustralian in a mega-contract relating to twelve submarines, for the benefit of nuclear ships, within the framework of the notification of aukus partnership between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. The president immediately accused Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison of fraud and the French ambassadors in Canberra and Washington were sent back to Paris, an unprecedented move.
In May, Scott Morrison’s election defeat made it possible to start turning the page, especially as Anthony Albanese sent positive signals to Paris. After this week’s first meeting of the NATO summit in Madrid, the visit to Paris represents “ new beginnings in relationships Bilateral, confirmed the Prime Minister. It is emphasized that ” trust, respect and honesty are important “.
The desire to cooperate in the field of security
For his part, Emmanuel Macron expressed a common will ” to rebuild a relationship of trust between our two countries, a relationship based on mutual respect after a difficult period “. Upon his arrival, Anthony Albanese insisted that France” did not not only a major European power, but also an Indo-Pacific and global power “.” Its engagement with the Indo-Pacific is essential to address the challenges facing our region. “, he added, stating that the two countries could work specifically in the field of security.
Such a speech is in line with the will of Emmanuel Macron, who has insisted since 2017 on the importance for France to develop ” an indo-pacific strategy “. kay” we are artists in this vast region, we have a million countrymen who lived there and more than 8 000 soldiers were deployed there “, Detailed Head of State Thursday, citing New Caledonia, Polynesia, Reunion, Mayotte.
The challenges faced by the Chinese presence in the Pacific
Emmanuel Macron also showed that he wanted to ” wherever the freedom of our sovereignty is respected Refers to China’s ambitions in the area. ” We face real challenges from China in the Pacific “, lined up former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently during a meeting with journalists organized by the Montaigne Institute in Paris.
” We are committed, like France, to a free and open Indo-Pacific Malcolm Turnbull continued, referring to concerns expressed in Washington, Canberra or Paris about “ security framework agreement between China and islands of Solomon announced in April. They fear that China will succeed in building a naval base in the South Pacific, which will allow it to project naval power beyond its borders.
For Emmanuel Macron, France and Australia could also work together in many areas, including combating climate change, maritime transport, protecting the sea floor, space or culture.
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