Speaking at a press conference on a visit to the USA, Mr Johnson outlined how the latest UK, USA and Australia 'Aukus' security pact does not mean
Speaking at a press conference on a visit to the USA, Mr Johnson outlined how the latest UK, USA and Australia ‘Aukus’ security pact does not mean the UK and France can no longer be allies as he went on to reel off numerous examples of the two nations working “shoulder to shoulder” to combat threats across the world.
The Prime Minister said: Our relationship with France is incredibly important, it goes back a very long time
“It is founded on shared values, a shared belief in democracy, we work together around the world. The UK and France are shoulder to shoulder in the Sahel fighting terrorism!
“We are shoulder to shoulder in the baltic states in NATO’s largest current mission.
“There is one other country in the world where we share a programme to do simulated nuclear testing, which country is that? It is France!”
He added: “The UK and France I believe have a very very important, indestructible relationship!
“And I of course will be talking to all our friends about how to make the Aukus pact work so that it is not exclusionary, it is not divisive and it really doesn’t have to be that way.
This is just a way of the UK, the US and Australia sharing certain technologies because that is the sensible thing to do in the world we find ourselves.
“But that does not in anyway mean that we wish to be adversarial to anyone else or exclusive or crowding anybody else out!”
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