MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:17:13 +0000 Blinken: France aware before AUKUS announced http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/4abbf54280b440e6b86ee5ef230e0342 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says France had been informed the U.S., Britain and Australia were forming a new security alliance before it was announced. (Sept. 16) 4abbf54280b440e6b86ee5ef230e0342 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 23:16:11 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:DEPARTMENT OF STATEWashington, DC - 16 September 20211. 1. Wide of Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton, Foreign Minister Marise Payne, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin walking up to their positions on stage in the Dean Acheson Auditorium ANNOTATION: Blinken: France aware before AUKUS announced2. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:"There is no regional divide separating the interests of our Atlantic and our Pacific partners. This partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom is a signal that we're committed to working with our allies and partners, including in Europe, to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. We welcome European countries playing an important role in the in the Indo-Pacific. We look forward to continued close cooperation with NATO, with the European Union and others in this endeavor. France, in particular, is a vital partner on this and so many other issues stretching back generations. And we want to find every opportunity to deepen our transatlantic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and around the world."++WHITE FLASH++3.SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:"And we want to find every opportunity now to deepen transatlantic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and around the world. We've been in touch with French counterparts in the last 24, 48 hours to discuss AUKUS, including before the announcement."++WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Dutton, Australian Defense Minister: "We looked at what options were available to us. The French have a version which was not superior to that operated by the United States and the United Kingdom. And in the end, the decision that we have made is based on what is in the best interests of our national security and the prevailing security and peace within the Indo-Pacific."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++ STORYLINE:US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says France had been informed of the decision the U.S., Britain and Australia were forming a new security alliance that will help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines before it was announced on Wednesday, although it was not exactly clear when. President Joe Biden's decision to form a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain to counter China has angered France and the European Union. They're feeling left out and seeing it as a return to the Trump era. The security initiative, unveiled this week, appears to have brought Biden's summer of love with Europe to an abrupt end.AUKUS, which notably excludes France and the European Union, is just the latest in a series of steps, from Afghanistan to east Asia, that have taken Europe aback.After promising European leaders that "America is back" and that multilateral diplomacy would guide U.S. foreign policy, Biden has alienated numerous allies with a go-it-alone approach on key issues. France's foreign minister expressed "total incomprehension" at the recent move, which he called a "stab in the back," and the EU's foreign policy chief complained that Europe had not been consulted.Blinken said Thursday there had been conversations with the French about it within the past 24 to 48 hours, suggesting there had not been an in-depth consultation.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who in June extolled the "excellent news for all of us that America is back," expressed "total incomprehension" at the announcement of the initiative. "It was really a stab in the back," he said. "It looks a lot like what Trump did."France will lose a nearly $100 billion deal to build diesel submarines for Australia under the terms of the new AUKUS initiative, which will see the U.S. and Britain help Canberra construct nuclear-powered ones. Speaking alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the Australian defense and foreign ministers, Blinken said there "is no regional divide" with Europe over Indo-Pacific strategy. "We welcome European countries playing an important role in the Indo-Pacific," he said, calling France a "vital partner."But how closely they will work together remains to be seen.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says France had been informed the U.S., Britain and Australia were forming a new security alliance before it was announced. (Sept. 16) Blinken: France aware before AUKUS announced