US News Submarine crisis. A meeting between French and English defense ministers canceled

01:05  20 september  2021
01:05  20 september  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Australian submarine contract. "Great disappointment" of French Naval Group

 Australian submarine contract. © Archives Ouest-France. This contract represents 50 billion Australian dollars (€ 31 billion). The decision of Australia to have nuclear propulsion submarines in partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom is a "great disappointment" for Naval Group.

France's armed forces minister has cancelled a meeting with defence secretary Ben Wallace following the announcement of the UK's new nuclear submarine deal with the US and Australia. Florence Parly took the decision to drop the bilateral meeting with Mr Wallace after the UK, US and The scrapping of the submarine contract has triggered a diplomatic storm, with President Emmanuel Macron recalling his ambassadors to the US and Australia over the deal - dubbed by the French media as an 'Indo-Pacific Trafalgar'. And sources have now confirmed that the meeting between Ms Parly

The crisis emerged as Australia canceled a submarine purchase from France. A Macron spokesperson said: 'President Biden asked to speak to the President of the Republic and there will be a telephone discussion in the next few days'. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday: 'I don't regret the decision to put Australia's national interest first'. President Joe Biden (left) will speak with French President Emmanuel Macron (right) this week amid a trilateral diplomatic crisis surrounding Australia canceling a submarine purchase from France.

La ministre française de la Défense Florence Parly lors d’une conférence de presse, le 16 septembre 2021 à Paris. Photo d’archives. © Ludovic Marin / AFP The French Minister of Defense Florence Parly at a press conference on September 16, 2021 in Paris. Photo of archives.

France cancels a planned meeting this week between the Defense Minister Florence Parly and his British Ben Wallace counterpart, after the cancellation by Australia of a French submarine contract for the benefit of a security agreement with The United States and Great Britain.

The France annulled a meeting scheduled for this week between the Minister of Defense Florence Parly and his British counterpart , after the cancellation by the Australia of an contract of sub- French marine for the benefit of a security agreement with the

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.

Proceeding with the 2016 submarine deal with France would have been “negligent” and harmful to Australia’s strategic interests, Scott Morrison said on Sunday. Speaking to the media in Sydney, he said he has no regrets over the decision that triggered a multinational diplomatic crisis and is believed to The issue had been raised by the minister “directly some months ago” and discussions continued through other top-ranking officials, including defense ministers , according to Morrison. Earlier on Sunday, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said his country was “upfront, open and honest”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a city tour with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau to mark the 30th anniversary of the "Weimar Triangle" in Weimar, Germany September 10, 2021. Le Drian said French President Emmanuel Macron had not spoken with U.S. President Joe Biden about the submarine issue. The minister again drew a parallel between the U.S. president's action and the unpredictable style of his predecessor Donald Trump, adding that Biden had acted "without the tweets but with a sort of solemn

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No comment on the British side

Florence Parly has personally taken the decision to give up his bilateral meeting with Ben Wallace, said the sources.

The French Ministry of Defense could not be attached in the immediate future for a comment. The British Ministry of Defense did not wish to comment.

An unprecedented diplomatic crisis

The sources have confirmed an information initially reported by The Guardian.

The cancellation by the Australia of the € 56 billion contract for the supply of 12 submarines, signed in 2016, provoked the fury of France which recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia, driving an unprecedented diplomatic crisis. Read also:

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French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden

must talk by phone X1 in the coming days on this subject. X1

Submarine crisis: "It's an arm of iron" that starts between France and the United States .
© Brendan Smialowski / Pool / AFP Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday on the phone. A call, a press release and the ax of war has been buried. Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden spoke on the phone at the request of the US President to "examine the consequences" of the submarine crisis. During the call, Joe Biden acknowledged that "open consultations between allies on issues of strategic interest in France and the European partners would have allowed to avoid the situation" .

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