9/22, 5:06 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Macron to press Biden for 'clarifications' over AUKUS

French President Emmanuel Macron will ask for "clarifications and clear commitments" from his American counterpart Joe Biden during their conversation scheduled for Wednesday to address the submarine dispute between Paris and the US, UK and Australia partnership.

"We expect our allies to acknowledge that the exchanges and consultations that should have taken place did not, and that this poses a question about confidence, which all of us need to draw conclusions about now," said Gabriel Attal, spokesperson for the French government, adding that Macron expects "clarifications about the American decision to keep a European ally outside of fundamental talks about cooperation in the Indo-Pacific."

Macron's office shared the call was initiated by Biden to discuss the "crisis of trust" after the French government was left furious by Australia's decision to drift from an agreement with France over diesel submarines to a deal on nuclear-powered vessels with Britain and the US.

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