US News Submarine crisis: Blinken recalls that "France is a vital partner"

02:55  17 september  2021
02:55  17 september  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

South Korea launched its first Miss-Sol Ballistic Miss

 South Korea launched its first Miss-Sol Ballistic Miss This shot illustrates Seoul's willingness to strengthen its defense against North Korea with nuclear power © AFP a North Korean missile shot at the South Korean television in Seoul, October 2, 2019.

Antony Blinken devant la commission des affaires étrangères du Sénat américain à Washington, le 14 septembre. © Tom Williams Antony Blinken before the American Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington on 14 September.

In full Voltage with France Antony Blinken makes rhyme "diplomacy" with "hugging therapy". While the French government is mounted to the niche Thursday following the announcement of an alliance with the United States the United Kingdom and Australia dropping a juicy contract by nearly 56 billion euros Between Canberra and French Naval Group , Washington tries to reassure Paris. In front of the US press, the leader of American diplomacy Antony Blinken assured that France is "a vital partner" of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region.

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 Afghanistan: Accused of © AP - Olivier Douliery in videoconference with the House of Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives on the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan, the head of Diplomacy Antony Blinken defended the operation. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was auditioned on Monday, September 13 by the House of Foreign Affairs Committee on Afghanistan's American withdrawal.

"There is no regional division between the interests of our Atlantic and peaceful partners" , then added, ensuring that " this partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom demonstrates that we want to work With our partners, including in Europe, to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific Zone ".

"Key partner"

Nevertheless, Paris does not take away from this project which torpedoes a huge order of Australia submarines to France, considered "the contract of the century". Thursday, the reactions have been very strong on the French government and this, against Canberra, accused of betraying the given word, only against US President Joe Biden. "It's really, in good French, a shot in the back" was annoyed on France info The Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian speaking, at the passage of "Anger, with a lot of bitterness" . At the same time, on RFI, the Minister of the Armies, Florence Parly, lamented "a very bad news for the respect of the given word" and a decision "serious" in the field of international politics. "The French had a version that was not greater than that used by the United States and the United Kingdom, and ultimately, our decision is based on what is in the interest of Our national security " has, for its part, explained the Australian Minister of Defense Peter Dutton to justify such a turnaround.

Washington attempts to appease the IRE of Paris in the Australian submarine case

 Washington attempts to appease the IRE of Paris in the Australian submarine case © AFP / Archives a ccused by France from giving her a "blow in the back" by torpedening the "contract of the "French submarines to Australia, the United States of Joe Biden tried Thursday to avoid an open crisis with Paris, without succeeding in soothing his anger. "France is a vital partner" in the Indo-Pacific region "and in many other areas," said American diplomacy Antony Blinken. "It was the case for a long time, and it will be the case in the future," he said.

"We welcome the European countries that play an important role in the Indo-Pacific zone, and we want to pursue close cooperation with NATO, with the European Union and with others in this regard" , insisted Antony Blinken, who received Australian Foreign Ministers and Defense. Earlier in the day, American President Joe Biden had already tried to calm Paris, describing France "key partner". Follow-up closely by the British Minister of Defense, Ben Wallace who assured that "[the United Kingdom does not intend to do anything that could thwart the French." without great success .

A Washington, a Gala at the French Embassy canceled

furious of the announcement by President Biden of the agreement in question, French officials in Washington canceled Thursday angrily a gala at their Washington Embassy to protest against What they call "an irrefrupanic and sudden political decision that resembles those of former President Donald Trump" . It must be said that the new security partnership inflicts a major setback to the Paris Strategy in the Indo-Pacific area where the United States seek to counter the growing ambitions of China in the region.

At the same press conference, the American Minister of Defense Lloyd Austin has, indeed denounced once again "the destabilizing activities of China and the efforts of Beijing to put pressure on other countries and intimidate them confirming that Washington was going to "Develop" his "Access" and his "presence in Australia" . Beijing, which obviously sees the new Alliance denounced "a race to armament". "Cooperation between the United States, Great Britain and Australia in nuclear submarines seriously undermines regional peace and stability, [...] and compromises international non-proliferation efforts," He said before the press the spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, Zhao Lijian.

submarines. For Bruno the Mayor, Europe can no longer rely on the US for its protection .
© West-France / Thomas Brégardis The Suffren, a French submarine type Barracuda, in July 2019 during his inauguration in Cherbourg. After the submarine crisis and the withdrawal of Afghanistan, the Minister of the Economy Bruno The Mayor believes that the United States should not be rely on to ensure the protection of Europe. He calls on the European Union to build its strategic independence.

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