French Foreign Minister Says France Had No Prior Discussions On AUKUS, Submarines With US
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Sun 19th September 2021 | 12:20 AM
PARIS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 19th September, 2021) French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian refuted on Saturday claims that the United States had discussed with France its plans regarding the AUKUS defense partnership and submarines before Australia's announcement about reneging on a $66-billion deal with Paris.
"I have heard comments that we had discussions with the US (about submarines) prior to (Australia's) announcement. This is not true," Le Drian told the France 2 broadcaster.
Earlier this week, the US, Australia and the UK announced a new trilateral AUKUS defense partnership. The new defensive pact forced Canberra to give up on a $66 billion contract with France to develop 12 state-of-the-art conventionally powered attack submarines, as the defensive alliance promises to enhance Australia's fleet with nuclear-powered submarines.