British, French Defense Ministers' Meeting Cancelled Amid AUKUS Crisis - Reports
LONDON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 20th September, 2021) A meeting between UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and his French counterpart Florence Parly was cancelled because of the diplomatic row over the AUKUS deal between Australia, the US and the UK that stole away the $66 billion contract Paris had signed with Canberra, The Guardian reports.
The ministers were also due to hold a bilateral meeting in London, but it has also been cancelled, according to The Guardian.
This past week, Paris recalled its ambassador from Canberra and Washington after Australia gave up on a $66 billion defense deal with France to enter a new trilateral strategic partnership with the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS).
The Guardian said on Saturday that US talks on the issue went on for months in utmost secrecy and that during the G7 summit in Cornwall in June, French President Emmanuel Macron was given no hint that the Australians were about to scupper the deal.