Scott Morrison refuses to apologize to President Emmanuel Macron after allegations that Prime Minister lied about submarine deal

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will not apologize to France for his decision to scrap a $ 90 billion contract for France to supply 12 conventionally powered submarines to Australia.

Morrison was called a liar by French President Emmanuel Macron for allegedly hiding Australia’s intention to terminate the French contract in favor of a nuclear submarine deal with its AUKUS partners, the United States and Britain.

Following Mr Macron’s indictment, the Australian Government leaked text messages about Mr Morrison’s exchange with the French President the night before the AUKUS agreement was announced.

Earlier today, France’s ambassador to Australia called the leak an “unprecedented new low” in trust between nations.

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday that Mr Morrison’s behavior had been “shameful and double-minded” and that it was time for him to apologize.

Returning from an international trip where the couple endured an awkward exchange of views during a meeting between world leaders, Mr Morrison said there was no “need” for him to apologize to Mr Macron.

“Claims were made and claims were refuted,” said Mr Morrison of Dubai, after leaving the COP26 climate summit in Scotland.

“It’s important now that we move on, to be honest.

“What needs to happen now is that we just get on with it.”

In September, Mr Morrison stood next to television screens with the faces of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden as the trio announced the new trilateral AUKUS defense partnership.

The first initiative in the new alliance was that Australia should acquire nuclear submarines from either the United States or the United Kingdom, with the countries to share secret technology with Australia.

But this meant that the existing system of France was scrapped.

Sir. Morrison said Australia’s deal with the French no longer suited the country’s defense needs and therefore the government had seized an opportunity to terminate the deal.

For months, ministers and defense officials had expressed deep frustration over the progress of the deal and a reported blow of $ 40 billion in the price of the submarines.

However, the French government said it had received assurances that the contract would continue, a few days before the agreement was scrapped.

Morrison maintained that it was in Australia’s interest to scrap the agreement.

“Those who have objected to that decision for very obvious reasons have very obvious motives, but I know whose side I am on,” Mr Morrison said.


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