France Says Can't Trust Australia In Trade Talks After Subs Snub
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Fri 17th September 2021 | 10:03 PM
France said Friday that it was unable to trust Australia in ongoing talks on forging a trade deal with the EU, after Canberra ditched a deal to buy French submarines in favour of US vessels
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2021 ) :France said Friday that it was unable to trust Australia in ongoing talks on forging a trade deal with the EU, after Canberra ditched a deal to buy French submarines in favour of US vessels.
Paris, which has called the Australian decision a "stab in the back", appeared to issue a threat that it could affect far-reaching trade talks.
"We're having trade negotiations with Australia," European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune told the France 24 news channel. "I don't see how we can trust our Australian partners." The European Commission, which negotiates trade deals on behalf of its member governments, and Australia this spring completed an 11th round of trade negotiations that began in 2018.
The next round of the talks, which cover areas including trade, services, investment and intellectual property rights, is scheduled for the autumn of this year.
- 'Subservience' - But US President Joe Biden and the prime ministers of Australia and Britain announced Wednesday a new defence pact that would see Canberra get a nuclear-powered submarine fleet, a privilege Washington has until now only reserved for Britain.
"Our British friends told us they were quitting the EU to create a Global Britain," he said. "But we see that Global Britain means a return to the American fold, and a form of accepted subservience."So far, Beaune added, London has declined on extend Brexit negotiations with the EU to areas of security and defence.
"That's a pity," he said. Maybe it will change in the near future. We hope so."