Despite the French submarine rejection, VDL puts Macron under the bus and continues with US talks.
Despite Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to postpone the crucial conference, URSULA von der Leyen has moved forward with plans to hold the EU-US Trade and Technology Council.
France’s displeasure with the AUKUS submarine treaty between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia has cast doubt on the discussions’ success. However, the European Commission announced yesterday night that the meeting will take place on September 29 in Pittsburgh, as planned. This will be a major setback for Paris, which is already flexing its diplomatic muscles in an attempt to win compensation after Australia walked out of a commitment to buy 12 French-built submarines.
Canberra backed out of the pact in favor of a deal with the British and Americans to acquire nuclear-powered ships.
“The Commission confirms that the Trade and Technology Council will take place in Pittsburg next week,” a Commission spokesman said.
“The TTC will deal with short-term semiconductor difficulties in Pittsburgh,” she continued.
“Following an in-depth debate at the European Council in October, TTC working groups will begin discussions on mid- and long-term strategic semiconductor concerns in order to prepare for the next TTC in Europe.”
The Commission had dodged the subject of whether the meeting would take place because of French resentment of the US and Australia until last night.
Mrs von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, has pledged to stand by Paris in the wake of the submarine snub.
However, US Vice President Joe Biden intervened to defuse tensions and met with French President Emmanuel Macron.
The White House chief of staff admitted that the defense accord should have been discussed with Paris first.
In response to the snub, Mr Macron summoned his diplomats from the United States and Australia.
However, after conversing with Mr. Biden, the French president has dispatched his ambassador back to Washington.
The two leaders agreed in a joint statement to meet in Europe in late October, most likely during the G20 summit, to explore how to strengthen future consultations.
Mr Macron stated that his removed ambassador would be dispatched back to Washington DC next week.
There was no indication that the United States and Australia would reconsider their decision to collaborate on the development of nuclear-powered submarines.
According to analysts, the AUKUS alliance is the most significant security agreement between the three countries since World War II.
The three countries will focus on military capability, distinguishing themselves from the Five Eyes. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”