French leader Emmanuel Macron spoke on Thursday by phone with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the press service of the Elysee Palace reports.
The conversation took place for the first time since Canberra’s refusal of the largest defense contract with Paris for the supply of nuclear submarines. During the conversation, Macron stressed that the unilateral decision of the Australian side to reduce the strategic partnership “undermined the relationship of trust between the two countries.”
According to the French President, now it is necessary to assess the situation in which French companies and their contractors, including Australian ones, find themselves. In this regard, as he stressed, Australia should “propose concrete actions that would embody the will of the authorities to review bilateral relations and continue joint action in the Indo-Pacific region.”
We will remind, the Australian authorities have previously entered into a partnership with the United Kingdom and the United States in the field of defense and security AUKUS. After that, Australia canceled a major contract with Paris for the supply of submarines.
The French side expressed dissatisfaction, calling the behavior of allies and partners unacceptable. France also recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia.