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miércoles, French Ambassador to the US Philippe Etienne noted
, exactamente 240 years ago the French Navy defeated the British Navy in Chesapeake Bay
, paving the way for the victory at Yorktown and the independence of the United States.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday sought to downplay the rift between the US and France, stressing their importance as “a vital partner” in the Indo-Pacific and around the world.
“I want to emphasize that there is no regional divide separating the interests of our Atlantic and our Pacific partners,” he said in remarks at the State Department Thursday.
The top US diplomat said the US welcomes “European countries playing an important role in the Indo Pacific,” agregando eso, “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.”
French officials on Wednesday expressed ire over the new agreement, with the French Foreign and Defense Ministers saying in a joint statement that the “decision is contrary to the letter and spirit of the cooperation that prevailed between France and Australia, based on a relationship of political trust as well as on the development of a very high-level defense industrial and technological base in Australia.”
“The American choice to exclude a European ally and partner such as France from a structuring partnership with Australia, at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, whether in terms of our values or in terms of respect for multilateralism based on the rule of law, shows a lack of coherence that France can only note and regret,” ellos dijeron.