Paris. The United Kingdom and the United States are trying to assuage the wrath of their ally France, angered by the announcement of a strategic alliance between these two countries and Australia, which means the cancellation of the purchase of twelve submarines by Canberra.
Yesterday, a senior US official said that US President Joe Biden “has run out of patience” to speak on the phone with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
The official added that Biden wanted to talk to Macron “about the way forward.”
We understand France’s position. “We don’t share their point of view,” the official added.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden also had no plans to “give anything” to the French to compensate for their losses.
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal had indicated that “Biden asked to speak with the President of the Republic (Emmanuel Macron) and there will be a phone call in the coming days.”
For his part, the President of the Council of the European Union, Charles Michel, said yesterday, “The most important principles of the allies are transparency and trust, and they go together. We are witnessing a clear lack of transparency and loyalty”, in a meeting with the press at the United Nations, before the General Assembly of the organization.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told CNN that Australia’s treatment of France, in the context of the alliance with the US and UK, was “unacceptable” and the case required in-depth analysis.
One of our member states has been treated unacceptable. “We want to know what happened,” he added.
European foreign ministers who are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly will gather to discuss the results of the new military agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia (called AUKUS).
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