A spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Maris Payne said the government “understands France’s deep disappointment” over the European nation’s decision to recall its ambassador following the deal’s deal. Australia on nuclear submarines with the United States and the United Kingdom.
“We note with regret the decision of France to recall its ambassador to Australia for consultations following the decision on the Attack Class project,” the spokesperson said in a statement this morning.
“Australia understands France’s deep disappointment with our decision, which was taken in accordance with our clear and communicated national security interests.
“Australia values its relationship with France, which is an important partner and an essential contributor to stability, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. It won’t change.
Ms Payne’s spokesperson added that Australia looked forward to “re-engaging with France on our many issues of common concern, on the basis of shared values”.
Meanwhile, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement: “We have been in close contact with our French allies. We understand their position and we are aware of their intention to call Ambassador Etienne back to Paris for consultations.
“France is a vital partner and our oldest ally, and we place the highest value on our relationship. We look forward to continuing our discussion of this issue to the next level in the coming days, ”Mr. Price said.