French President Emmanuel Macron met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to discuss future relations between the two countries after the submarine feud.
France’s presidential palace, the Elysée Palace, said Friday that Macron and Albanese reaffirmed their commitment to building a “closer and stronger bilateral relationship based on mutual trust and respect.”
“Australia’s new position, proactive, ambitious, gives us the opportunity to move forward together on new projects within the framework of the initiatives launched in recent years,” said the French president.
For his part, the Australian Prime Minister noted that his visit “represents a new beginning for the relationship between our countries”.
“Australia’s relationship with France matters. Trust, respect and honesty matter. That’s how I will approach my relationship,” he said.
In response, Macron told the press that “we will talk about the future, not the past.”
Relations between Australia and France soured when Australia in 2021 canceled a multibillion-dollar order for submarines with French shipbuilder Naval Group, Xinhua news agency reported.
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