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France: Dispute with Washington over submarine crisis not resolved

Despite “constructive and significant” negotiations, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that differences with the US over the submarine situation “have not yet been addressed,” alluding to meetings between the two nations’ leaders planned in the middle of this month.
“Despite conducting substantial conversations with top US officials, the disagreement with Washington is still severe and has not yet been addressed,” he continued, according to Reuters, during a meeting with his US colleague Anthony Blinken.”
He went on to say, “The problem is serious, and just resuming talks with Washington would not fix it. Actions, not words, are required “The two parties were hoping to achieve an agreement by the end of October, according to the statement.
In this respect, he stated that French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, “will meet again in mid-October.”
Le Drian told French legislators that he “had honest and meaningful conversations with the US Secretary of State, who is now visiting Paris,” and that the French ambassador to Australia “will return to Canberra.”
“I have now asked our ambassador to return to Canberra with two tasks: to contribute to redefining the terms of our future relationship with Australia, and to vehemently defend our interests in the concrete implementation of Australia’s decision to end the submarine program,” Le Drian said during a session of the French National Assembly (parliament).
Following the crisis, the French Foreign Ministry summoned its ambassadors in Canberra and Washington to reassess the situation.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, stated that his meetings with French officials to repair relations following the so-called “submarine crisis” were “promising.”
Blinken is trying to mend fences after the “Ocos” security pact between the US, Australia, and the UK resulted in Canberra scrapping a $ 66 billion defense contract with France to acquire submarines.
The announcement of a new “Australian-American-British” defense alliance by US President Joe Biden on September 15 caused Canberra to terminate a submarine contract with France, angering Paris.

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