Macron and Modi express willingness to “act together” after underwater dispute – ZAP


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French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

President Emmanuel Macron discussed cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this Tuesday.

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, and the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, spoke this Tuesday, in the midst of the Australian submarine crisis, reaffirming the will “to act together in the Indo-Pacific space”, announced the Elysee Palace.

During the telephone conversation, Macron “recalled France’s commitment to contribute to the strengthening of India’s strategic autonomy, including its industrial and technological base, within the framework of a close relationship of trust and mutual respect between two strategic partners”, according to the French presidency.

Elisha’s press release does not mention the diplomatic crisis. According to the Aljazeera, Macron’s office also stated that the common approach of France and India would aim to promote “regional stability and the rule of law, at the same time excluding any form of hegemony”.

The meeting between the two leaders came as Paris continues to express unease over the announcement of a new strategic alliance in the Indo-Pacific, after the US and the UK sold nuclear-powered submarine technology to Australia, leading the country to “tear up” a voluminous French conventional submarine purchase contract.

A European Union (EU) has already expressed its solidarity with Paris. The President of the Council of Europe, Charles Michel, and the head of community diplomacy, Josep Borrell, denounced the “lack of transparency” of the US in the Australian submarine crisis, joining the position of several European countries, including Portugal.

The US and UK have already said they will not allow a crisis with France, with US President Joe Biden expressing a willingness to talk to his French counterpart and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. to say that the relationship between London and Paris is “indestructible”.

The AUKUS pact aims to strengthen trilateral cooperation between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States in advanced defense technologies such as artificial intelligence, underwater systems and long-distance surveillance.

The pact aims to confront China in the Indo-Pacific region and constitutes a base for US nuclear weapons to be purchased by Australia, which thus left, unilaterally and without prior notice, an older agreement with France.