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Australian submarines: EU judges 'incident' with Washington closed

2021-10-15T20:15:33.595Z

The "incident" is closed: the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell on Friday October 15 in Washington showed his willingness to turn the page of ...



The "

incident

" is closed: the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell on Friday, October 15 in Washington showed his willingness to turn the page on the Franco-American crisis which had cooled relations between the United States and Brussels, welcoming a enhanced transatlantic cooperation.

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"

We are not going to be masochistic and insist again and again on our problems, we have to overcome them and look to the future,

" he told reporters the day after his meeting with his American counterpart Antony Blinken.

"

There was an incident, there were some misunderstandings, there was a lack of communication, all of this has already been said,

" he noted.

"

It's good, it's over, let's go ahead.

And let's start working together more closely,

”he added.

"

Blow in the back

"

In September, Josep Borrell expressed the

European Union's

solidarity

” with France in the unprecedented crisis that opposed him to the United States. In question, the announcement by American President Joe Biden of a new alliance in the Indo-Pacific region with Australia and the United Kingdom, which came to torpedo a mega-contract of submarines passed between Paris and Canberra. The French authorities denounced a "

blow in the back

" and a "

breach of confidence

".

President Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have finally come to an agreement to try to restore confidence.

"

It is clear that the will to cooperate and build a more balanced partnership is, for both camps, the cornerstone of this new partnership,

" said Josep Borrell on Friday.

He welcomed the upcoming launch of an American-European dialogue on security and defense, but also the decision, announced Thursday with Antony Blinken, to hold at the end of the year "

high-level consultations on the Indo -Pacific

”.

This forum will come in addition to a dialogue already underway between the EU and Washington on the posture to adopt vis-à-vis China, the next meeting of which is scheduled for December.

Source: lefigaro

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