American leader Joe Biden offered French President Emmanuel Macron to hold telephone talks after Canberra broke the submarine contract with the Naval Group company, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said.
“The telephone conversation will take place in the very next few days,” he said on the BFMTV channel.
This week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the creation of a new AUUKUS partnership in the field of defense and security. The first initiative will be the creation of nuclear submarines for the Australian Navy — for this, Canberra refused an agreement with France for the purchase of non-nuclear submarines for almost $ 66 billion.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called Australia’s decision a “stab in the back,” noting that he was “angry.” On Friday, for the first time in history, France recalled the ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations.
The official representative of the National Security Council of the White House, Emily Horn, noted at the same time that the U.S. administration maintains close contact with the French authorities and intends to devote the next few days to resolve differences.