US Secretary of State Anthony Blankenship arrived in Paris on Tuesday, where he told reporters he would discuss restoring French confidence in the United States as there is a major controversy over the cancellation of the lucrative submarine defense deal.
Australia has left Paris in the cold after scrapping a ارب 56 billion submarine deal with France in favor of a new Indo-Pacific security agreement between the United States and Britain.
The French government said it had been “stabbed in the back” due to the loss of the agreement and secret talks leading to its cancellation – adding that it would take time to heal the wounds.
France briefly recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra over the issue.
A return of trust?
During his two-day visit, Blinken will hold talks with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Asked how he would convince France that the United States could once again be a reliable ally, Blinken said: “We will have a chance to talk later.”
However, a spokesman for Le Drian said the meeting was just an opportunity to point out steps that could allow a return of trust between the two countries.
No formal meeting has been scheduled between French President Emmanuel Macron and senior US diplomat Blankenship.
Instead, he is scheduled to meet with Emmanuel Bone, Macron’s diplomatic adviser.
Blanken’s visit to Paris was arranged before the line of submarines began, and his focus was on a meeting. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.