It seems that the submarine quarrel between France and the United States is over. When the leaders of the two countries met for the first time since the brawl broke out, there were no harsh words.
“We don’t have a better ally than France,” said US President Joe Biden.
– What happened, to use an English expression, that we were clumsy. It is not done with so much grace.
Joe Biden further said that his impression was that France had previously received information that the submarine deal would not get rid of it.
Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron met in Rome for the G-20 summit.
Macron welcomed US efforts to resolve the crisis, including a series of deliberations between the two countries in recent weeks.
“We have corrected what needs to be clarified,” Macron said.
What matters now is what we do together in the coming weeks, coming months, and coming years.
The spat began in September when Australia backed out of a planned major submarine deal with France. Instead, Australia signed a submarine and security agreement, called the Aukus, with the United States and the United Kingdom.