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Australia’s Morrison contradicts Biden, says US knew Canberra didn’t warn France about ditching submarine deal in favor of AUKUS

Australia’s Morrison contradicts Biden, says US knew Canberra didn’t warn France about ditching submarine deal in favor of AUKUS

Canberra had saved Washington up to date on its dealings with France, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists, regardless of US President Joe Biden earlier saying that he thought Paris knew in regards to the AUKUS pact beforehand.

France was left shocked and even stated it was stabbed within the again after the shock announcement of the AUKUS deal by the leaders of the US, UK, and Australia in mid-September. The response was so harsh as a result of the brand new plan to arm Canberra with a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines resulted within the Australian authorities unilaterally canceling the $90 billion diesel-electric submarine contract with Paris. France even recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra, although they’ve each since returned.

When addressed on the trio’s falling out with Paris throughout the G20 Summit in Rome on Saturday, Morrison informed reporters that Canberra “saved the US administration updated on the standing of what the conversations and discussions had been with the French authorities.”

“We labored intently with the US and the UK. We saved them up-to-date – the administration – as to the place we have been at in our numerous discussions with France,” he informed the media.

The prime minister once more defended the choice to desert the French contract, saying the Australian authorities wanted to “guarantee we had the best submarine functionality to take care of our strategic pursuits.”

“There was by no means a simple manner for us, I feel, to get to a degree the place we needed to disappoint a good friend and companion – it was a tough determination, however for Australia, it was the best determination.”

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Nevertheless, Morrison’s feedback didn’t line up with the account supplied by Biden to French President Emmanuel Macron throughout their talks in Rome a day earlier.

The US president apologized to Macron, saying he was “beneath the impression that France had been knowledgeable lengthy earlier than that the deal [with Canberra] was not going by way of.”

“What we did was clumsy,” Biden stated of the remedy of Paris concerning AUKUS. “It wasn’t finished with loads of grace.” It’s not clear if the comment was made in reference to his personal administration or each the US and the Australian governments.

Through the summit in Rome on Saturday, Morrison and Macron acquired collectively for the primary time because the diplomatic scandal erupted. It was a quick and casual assembly forward of the official {photograph} of the G20 leaders.

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FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in front of the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 15, 2021. © REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol
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“I stated g’day,” Morrison stated of his dialog with the French president. “It’s simply the method of being on the highway again.”

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