Scott Morrison refuses to apologize to President Emmanuel Macron after allegations that Prime Minister lied about submarine deal

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will not apologize to France for his decision to scrap a $ 90 billion contract for France to supply 12 conventionally powered submarines to Australia.

Morrison was called a liar by French President Emmanuel Macron for allegedly hiding Australia’s intention to terminate the French contract in favor of a nuclear submarine agreement with its AUKUS partners, the United States and Britain.

Following Mr Macron’s indictment, the Australian Government leaked text messages about Mr Morrison’s exchange with the French President the night before the AUKUS agreement was announced.

Earlier today, France’s ambassador to Australia called the leak an “unprecedented new low” in trust between nations.

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday that Mr Morrison’s behavior had been “shameful and double standards” and that it was time for him to apologize.

Returning from an international trip where the couple endured an awkward exchange of views during a meeting between world leaders, Mr Morrison said there was no “need” for him to apologize to Mr Macron.

“Claims were made and claims were refuted,” said Mr Morrison of Dubai after leaving the COP26 climate summit in Scotland.

“It’s important now that we move on, to be honest.

“What needs to happen now is that we just get on with it.”

Morrison said Australia’s agreement with the French no longer suited the country’s defense needs and therefore the government took the opportunity to terminate the agreement.

For months, ministers and defense officials had expressed deep frustration over the progress of the deal and a reported blow of $ 40 billion in the price of the submarines.

However, the French government said that just a few days before the agreement was scrapped, it had received assurances that the contract would continue.

Morrison maintained that it was in Australia’s interest to scrap the agreement.

“Those who have objected to that decision for very obvious reasons have very obvious motives, but I know whose side I am on,” Mr Morrison said.

More on the way.

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