US President Joe Biden has said Washington’s behavior was “inappropriate” when it agreed to a new security pact that cost France billions of dollars. Biden made the comments on Friday, in a meeting with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
This is their first meeting since the United States, Britain and Australia agreed last month on the Aukus Pact. With this pact, Canberra has canceled a $ 37 billion deal with Paris to build a fleet of conventional submarines. Instead, it will build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines, with US and British technology.
The decision has angered Paris, who have called the Aukus pact a “blow to the back”. “What we did was improper,” Biden said during a meeting at the French Embassy in the Vatican. “I had the impression that France was informed a long time ago that the agreement would not be implemented,” Biden said. Macron said it was important to “look to the future.” The meeting was part of a series of talks between the US president and world leaders, ahead of the summit of the world’s major economies, known as the G20, to be held this weekend in Rome.
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