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Australian Prime Minister Albanese to visit Macron after NATO summit – POLITICO


PARIS — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will visit French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris after attending a NATO leaders’ summit in Madrid later this month.

“Prime Minister Albanese was invited by President Macron during their first telephone conversation to travel to Paris. The Prime Minister has now confirmed that he will travel to Paris when he is in Europe for the NATO summit next week,” an Australian diplomat told POLITICO.

Albanese told the Australian ABC on Thursday that the visit was on the agenda. The Elysée has not yet confirmed the meeting.

France and Australia had a diplomatic clash last year when Canberra canceled a contract for French submarines and instead struck a pact with the UK and US to acquire nuclear-powered vessels .

Since the new Australian government took office this year, Franco-Australian relations seem to have improved. The reset of Franco-Australian relations is also good news for trade negotiations between the EU and Australia, which had stalled following the submarine dispute. Negotiations have since resumed, but there is still a long way to go before an agreement is reached.

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