(ANSA) – LONDON, Sept 20 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night stressed the “great importance” of the UK-France relationship and London’s “unbreakable” love for Paris, in the face of French anger at declaring a strategic partnership between Washington, Canberra and London.
Johnson told reporters on the plane that was taking him to New York, according to British news agency Press Association, that the United Kingdom and France have a “very friendly relationship” and “of great importance”. “Our love for France is inexhaustible,” he said.
The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to counter China, called Aukus, that includes supplying US submarines to Canberra. “This partnership doesn’t want to be zero-sum at all, it doesn’t want to be exclusionary – it’s something you don’t have to worry about, especially our French friends,” Johnson said during the trip that will take him to the United Nations General Assembly and meet US President Joe Biden at the White House. “.
Australia’s decision to cancel a 56 billion euro contract to buy French conventional-propelled submarines in favor of the nuclear-powered United States has sparked outrage in Paris. President Emmanuel Macron summoned French ambassadors to Canberra and Washington, in an unprecedented gesture. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said he would meet “in the next few days” with his US counterpart Biden. (Dealing).
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