Liz fires back! Truss slaps down Macron and lauds new US pact: 'Freedom must be defended'

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Liz fires back! Truss slaps down Macron and lauds new US pact: 'Freedom must be defended'

Ms Truss said the new security deal between the UK, USA and Australia - known as AUKUS - will help build “strong security ties around the world.” W

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Ms Truss said the new security deal between the UK, USA and Australia – known as AUKUS – will help build “strong security ties around the world.” Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, she said she was “proud of the United Kingdom and our role in the world.”

The Foreign Secretary continued: “Our new security pact will not just make us safer at home, it could also create hundreds of new and high-skilled jobs, from the shipyards of Govan to the factories of Tyneside.”

She argued: “We will be working closer together to use a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, from nuclear-powered submarines at first and then looking at artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

“It shows our readiness to be hard-headed in defending our interests and challenging unfair practices and malign acts. It also shows our commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”

On Wednesday, the trilateral security pact was joined presented via video link by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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French Minister for Europe, Clément Beaune, dismissed the UK as behaving “opportunistically” on an uncertain, post-Brexit political stage.

He added that the UK was a “junior partner” in the three-power agreement.

France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, has called the partnership and its fallout a “serious crisis” between previous allies.

He told French television: “The fact that for the first time in the history of relations between the United States and France we are recalling our ambassador for consultations is a serious political act.”

It showed, he continued, “the magnitude of the crisis that exists now between our countries.”

Germany’s ambassador to the UK condemned the security pact as dangerous to the “coherence and unity of the West.”



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