After submarine row, Macron tells Australian PM he wants to focus on future

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But Morrison’s party lost elections in May and his Labour successor has pledged to rebuild ties with France.

In his statement at the French presidential palace, Albanese thanked Macron for the warm welcome and appeared to allude to the dispute: “Trust, respect, and honesty matter,” he said.

Paris, which has 1 million citizens living in territories spanning the Indian and Pacific Oceans and 8,000 troops stationed there, had made Australia a cornerstone of its Indo-Pacific strategy to counter the rise of China.

France has supplied warplanes to India and Indonesia in particular to build military ties with countries in the region.

On Friday (Jul 1), Macron said the two would discuss defence and geo-strategic issues but also “new projects” in terms of renewable energy, critical metals, space, and the poles, with the two countries both having territories in the Antarctic.

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