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Australian Foreign Minister Maurice Payne said on Thursday that the French ambassador’s visit to Australia would help repair relations between the two countries, which were damaged when Australia canceled a deal for French submarines in Australia. Profit from the Defense Alliance with the United States and Great Britain. / Photo taken on September 21, 2021 / REUTERS / John Minzilo
Canberra (Reuters) – Australian Foreign Minister Maurice Payne said on Thursday that the return of the French ambassador to Australia would help normalize relations between the two countries when Australia canceled a contract for French submarines in the interest of a defense alliance with Australia. And Great Britain.
Paris announced Wednesday that Jean-Pierre DePault will return to Canberra without giving a specific date.
“We will work with France to move our relationship forward. We know it will take time after our decision on submarines. The return of the ambassador is a welcome step in this process,” Maurice Payne said in a statement.
(Report by Colin Baccam; French edition by Camille Renat)