According to CNN, the French ambassador to the United States stressed in an interview on Monday that the collapse of the Franco-Australian submarine deal last week came as a surprise to Paris.
Under an agreement called AUKUS, technology to build nuclear-powered submarines in Australia will be provided, which was agreed upon prior to the purchase of the traditionally operated ships Canberra from Paris.
The Israeli newspaper, the Jerusalem Post, pointed out that French and European anger over an agreement recently announced by the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom could have repercussions in the Middle East.
The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia are working closely to formulate their policies in the region. The United Kingdom was a key ally of the United States in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Australia and the United States have been very supportive of Israel for many years, with the current British Prime Minister being close to Israel.
France plays a key role in the region, but its policies sometimes deviate from US taxes. For example, France has interests in Lebanon that are not always in the interests of the United States.
France has shown flexibility in its negotiations with Hezbollah. In addition, France attended the last meeting in Baghdad, which was attended by Turkey, Iran and other major countries. The United States and the United Kingdom did not attend the meeting.
What this shows is that France wants to play a more powerful role in the Middle East, while the United States and the United Kingdom may change policies towards the region.
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