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UK PM Boris Johnson reaches out to Emmanuel Macron amid submarine dispute

France remains deeply angered by a strategic submarine deal by the U.S., Australia and Britain announced last week and kept secret from France

Published: 24th September 2021 08:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2021 08:54 PM   |  A+A-

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

PARIS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to smooth over tensions with France over a geopolitical submarine dispute, promising in a phone call Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron that their countries would cooperate closely together around the world.

France remains deeply angered by a strategic submarine deal by the U.S., Australia and Britain announced last week and kept secret from France – whose own $66 billion submarine deal with Australia was scuppered as a result.

Macron’s office said Johnson requested Friday’s phone call and “expressed his intention to restore cooperation between France and the United Kingdom,” notably in the Indo-Pacific region, on climate issues and in the fight against terrorism.

Macron told Johnson that “he is waiting for his proposals,” according to the terse French statement.

Johnson’s office gave a more upbeat version, saying the two leaders “reaffirmed the importance of the UK-France relationship and agreed to continue working closely together around the world on our shared agenda, through NATO and bilaterally.”

They also discussed cooperation against migrant trafficking in the Channel.



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