Australian PM meets with Macron in France to ‘reset’ relations

CANBERRA, June 24 (Xinhua) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed he will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in an effort to “reset” relations.

Albanian said Thursday evening that he has accepted Macron’s invitation to visit France.

It comes weeks after Albanian announced that his new government had agreed to pay French shipbuilder Naval Group about USD 830 million (about USD 573 million) in compensation for a canceled submarine contract.

Relations between Australia and France deteriorated when former Prime Minister Scott Morrison scrapped the deal.

Albanian, who defeated Morrison in the general election on May 21, said he expected a welcome in France.

“I have been invited by President Macron to meet him in France and I will do so in a week. We need to reset, we have already had very constructive discussions,” he told Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV.

“What we can offer is a relationship between our respective leaders that will not be leaked, to make an opportunistic headline in the paper. One of respect and honesty in the way we treat each other,” he said.