Australian Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg confirmed that his country welcomes France’s decision to return its ambassador to Australia.
In an interview with “9News” channel, he expressed his hope that Australia and France will be able to overcome their differences and “return relations to a constructive path”, after the return of the French ambassador to Canberra. “We welcome the return of the French ambassador,” he noted. He stressed that “the relationship between the two countries has remained strong over the years.”
Yesterday, Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, speaking in Parliament, indicated that his country will return its ambassador to Australia, but intends to reconsider its relations with this country after the submarine agreement was terminated. “I have asked our ambassador to return to Canberra, with two missions: to help reconsider our relationship with Australia in the future, and to protect our interests while implementing Australia’s decision to stop building submarines,” he said.