australia: Fuming France cancels meet with Australia, India – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A ministerial assembly of the India-France-Australia trilateral grouping scheduled on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session is now off the desk, a fallout of AUKUS — a trilateral safety pact between Australia, the UK and the US that has left Paris fuming.
The trilateral ministerial would have seen exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar holding deliberations with his counterparts from Australia (Marise Payne) and France (Jean-Yves Le Drian). But France pulled out on the again of the formation of AUKUS.
France has been furious after the announcement of this new safety pact which noticed Australia cancelling a $66 million contract with France for diesel submarines. Instead, Australia will now get nuclear submarines constructed by the UK and the US with a uncommon switch of essential know-how by the US. France even withdrew its envoys from Washington and Canberra in protest, and cancelled a defence dialogue with the UK.
The trilateral is shaping as much as be one of the extra essential mini-lateral groupings within the Indo-Pacific, the place three powers deliver complementary capabilities to the desk. The first assembly of the three ministers was held on the sidelines of the G-7 overseas ministers’ assembly in London in May, which adopted a gathering of the overseas secretaries in September, 2020. The first assembly centered on becoming a member of forces towards unlawful, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, one thing that Chinese fleets take pleasure in rampantly.
It is believed that after the Biden-Macron dialog and public contrition expressed by the US, the US-France relationship could enhance quickly. Australia although could also be made to sweat for a little bit longer, so it may be some time earlier than this trilateral meets.

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