British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that he believed his country’s relations with France could not be severed and announced that London would work with its friends so that the “Ocos” alliance did not exclude anyone.
After the disclosure of this alliance, which includes the United States, Britain, and Australia in the face of China, on September 15, Canberra canceled an armament deal signed with Paris in 2015, worth 66 billion dollars, to buy 12 French diesel and electric submarines, and decided to buy another. An American nuclear fuel worker.
France considered, according to officials, that it was “betrayed” and received a “stab in the back” from the United States and Australia, and summoned its ambassadors in Washington and Canberra for consultations, in a first of its kind.
After a closed-door meeting of leaders on climate change at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Johnson said, “Our relationship with France is very important, historic and ancient, and is based on the values and principles we share.”
He added: “Britain and France are working hand in hand in the fight against terrorism in the (African) Sahel, and we stand hand in hand in NATO, and there is no country in the world other than France with which Britain shares in simulating nuclear tests.”
He continued, “I strongly believe that our relationship with France cannot be severed, and we will talk to all our friends about how to make the Okos agreement work without excluding anyone. It is not divisive and it should not be that way.”