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Johnson offers to ‘Re-establish Cooperation’ with France

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered to re-establish cooperation” with France following the diplomatic crisis over over Aukus.

This came during a phone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday.

In the conversation, Johnson said he hoped for cooperation “in line with our values and our common interests.”

Macron told Johnson that “he is awaiting his proposals”, his office said in a brief statement.

Last week,France’s defence minister has pulled out of talks with the UK amid over the new security deal between Britain, the US and Australia.

Paris expressed dissatisfaction after Australia signed the Aukus pact to build nuclear-powered submarines.

The deal will lead to pulling out of a major contract with France.

UK PM Boris Johnson said France had nothing to worry about from the deal.

But, France has cancelled Florence Parly’s meeting with UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in London this week.

The Aukus agreement brokered last week, widely seen as an effort to counter China’s influence in the contested South China Sea, ended a deal worth $37bn (£27bn) signed by Australia in 2016 for France to build 12 conventional submarines.

The pact also created a row with China which condemned the agreement as “extremely irresponsible”.

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