The reason the meeting of foreign ministers was canceled was the alliance AUKUS and the $66 billion contract lost by France.
The meeting of the Foreign Ministers of France, the USA, Great Britain, and Germany on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York was broken because of the dispute about the new security alliance in the Indo-Pacific region, as DPA reports.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his French counterpart canceled the meeting, which was scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 22. He added that the event was not canceled but postponed.
“The reason was the discontent of the French side, which I can understand, and the fact that there are some things that need to be settled first before we can sit down together in this format,” Maas said.
The U.S. State Department cited difficulties with the timetable for changing plans, with a senior official saying the timetables are dynamic. He also doubts the need for a meeting in the coming days.
The new AUKUS alliance between the U.S., Britain, and Australia, signed Sept. 15, has sparked a deep diplomatic crisis between Washington and Paris.
As part of the alliance, Australia will be equipped with nuclear-powered submarines. Because of the agreement, Australia broke a $66 billion submarine contract with a French company, angering Paris.
Meanwhile, France is threatening to block an EU agreement with Australia over submarines.