Anthony Albanese victory opens new chapter in relations with European leaders


It is understood that Mr Macron wrote a letter of congratulations, not yet made public, on Saturday evening (Sunday AEST). Mr Macron’s office has been contacted for comment.

During the election campaign, Mr Albanese criticized Mr Morrison’s handling of Paris during the AUKUS fallout.

“I’ll tell you one thing I wouldn’t… leak private text messages from other national leaders of our allies. And that happened, of course, with Emmanuel Macron with Mr. Morrison,” Mr. Albanese told radio host Alan Jones.

“I think it will make world leaders really take a break from engaging with him. And that was a real concern. »

France has a new foreign minister, Catherine Colonna, whose clean slate could help new foreign minister Penny Wong in any attempt to reset Australia-France relations.

Outgoing French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian bitterly criticized the AUKUS pact and told French media on Saturday that “the defeat of Morrison suits me well”.

“I hope we can resume a frank and constructive dialogue with Australia in the future,” he said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have to restore relations with the new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Facebook

Mr Johnson had recently forged strong ties with fellow centre-right leader Mr Morrison, securing the Australia-UK free trade deal and working together to bring the AUKUS alliance into existence with US President Joe Biden.

Mr Johnson now finds himself the sole leader of AUKUS on the Conservative side of politics.

He will have to determine whether his ideological divide with Mr. Albanese will put a brake on the deepening of post-Brexit relations between the two countries.

His statement congratulating the new Prime Minister underlined the common interests of the two countries as “prosperous and like-minded democracies”.

“As we reap the benefits of our comprehensive free trade agreement, the AUKUS partnership and the unparalleled closeness between the British and Australian people, we do so knowing that the only distance that separates us is geography,” he said. -he declares.

“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Albanese in the weeks, months and years to come as, together, we tackle common challenges and demonstrate the importance of our shared values.”

Mr Albanese is seen as unlikely to pause on the already signed FTA. And Mr Johnson could find more common ground with the Labor leader than with Mr Morrison on the urgency of tackling climate change.


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