President Biden defended the United States’ relationship with Australia on Tuesday following diplomatic drama initially stemming from the US’ botched withdrawal from Afghanistan — calling the Oceania nation America’s “closest and reliable” ally.
Following his deal with on the UN General Assembly, Biden met with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel, the place the 2 careworn their dedication to working collectively.
“The US and Australia are working in lockstep on the priorities I laid out today in my speech to the United Nations — ending COVID, addressing climate crisis, [and] defending democracies should be the role of the world in the 21st century,” Biden mentioned previous to their bilateral assembly. “I meant what I said, we are at an inflection point. Things are changing. Things are rapidly changing.”
Morrison additionally highlighted the power and size of Australia’s partnership with the US, saying it has been a partnership “that is about world order that favors freedom.”
“That’s why we’ve always been together,” he mentioned. “And pursuing that freedom, of course, goes to our security. But more than that, it goes to love and property. It goes to global freedom, the freedom of our cities, the freedom of our way.”
“It goes to addressing the great global challenges of climate change, a new energy economy, and a very challenging future, but one our partnership I have no doubt will be able to address.”
The prime minister then thanked Biden for his management and deal with the Indo-Pacific area.
During the assembly the 2 leaders mentioned “the critical role European allies and partners, including NATO and the EU, play in the Indo-Pacific and ways to deepen that cooperation and joint work,” in response to the White House.
Australia and the US’ partnership has come below hearth in the previous week after Biden introduced a nuclear submarine deal between the US, UK, and Australia, dubbed AUKUS.
The initiative, which was meant to ship a warning sign to China and restore a slight to Australia over the Afghanistan withdrawal, prompted outrage after it upended a French protection contract price a minimum of $66 billion to promote diesel-powered submarines to Australia.
Australian media had centered for months on perceived snubs by Biden, who didn’t seek the advice of Morrison forward of his April resolution to remove US troops from Afghanistan or name him amid the chaotic evacuation of Americans and US allies in August — regardless of Australia’s assist for the US all through the 20-year conflict.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported this month that the chilly shoulder fueled “concerns the alliance between the two nations, as well as the relationship between Mr. Biden and Mr. Morrison, was strained.”
An Australian reporter pressed White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki concerning the standing of the connection throughout a Sept. 2 press briefing.
The reporter mentioned: “A Taliban spokesman told an Australian news network that the 41 Australians who died in the war in Afghanistan died in vain. During this time, the Australian government found out about the withdrawal date change through media reporting. We weren’t included on the list from Secretary of State Antony Blinken of countries called on the final day — August 31. Does the Taliban have a point?”
Psaki mentioned the US was “incredibly grateful” for Australia’s assist in the conflict — and Biden known as the Australian chief the identical day, the White House mentioned hours later.
In retaliation for the deal, French officers known as it a “stab in the back,” canceled a gala in Washington D.C. and pulled their ambassadors from the US and Australia.
On Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said there was a “crisis of trust” with the US over the problem.
Biden is anticipated to have a call with French President Emmanuel Macron in the approaching days concerning the diplomatic blunder. Morrison, alternatively, has mentioned he won’t be meeting with Marcon this week.