British Foreign Minister Liz Truss believes the agreement with the United States and Australia reflects the United Kingdom’s readiness to “stand firm in defending (its) interests”.
New British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has defended London’s approach to a defense deal with Washington and Canberra, which angered Paris after Australia canceled a mega contract for submarines.
The agreement reflects Britain’s readiness to “stand firm in defending our interests” and “our commitment to the security and stability of the Indo-Pacific region,” the British foreign minister wrote in a statement. Wire Sunday. The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to counter China, AUKUS, including the supply of American submarines to Canberra.
Australia’s decision to cancel a contract to purchase French conventionally powered submarines worth €56 billion in favor of US nuclear-powered ships has sparked outrage in Paris. President Emmanuel Macron remembered the French ambassadors in Canberra and Washington in an unprecedented gesture.
Speaking on France 2 on Saturday, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke of a “serious crisis” and denounced the “duplicity” of Canberra and Washington. Paris, on the other hand, deemed it unnecessary to recall the French ambassador to London, ironically referring to the “enduring opportunism” of the United Kingdom, calling the country “the fifth wheel of the coach”.
In his column, the head of British diplomacy did not mention tensions with France in any way, and the darling of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the post-Brexit United Kingdom in the world, called for “Global Britain”. He described his visit to the United Nations, whose general assembly is to be held next week, as “the beginning of an autumn where Global Britain will put its flag on the world stage”, citing, among other things, the Great Conference on Climate, COP26 is scheduled for November in Glasgow.
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