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Australia's PM Morrison says understands France's disappointment over submarine deal

09/19/2021 | 01:55am EDT

Sept 19 (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday he understood France's disappointment over Canberra's cancellation of a submarine deal in favour of a pact with the United States and Britain but that Australia needed to protect its interests.

"Of course it's a matter of great disappointment to the French government, so I understand their disappointment. But at the same time, Australia like any sovereign nation must always take decisions that are in our sovereign national defence interest," Morrison told a briefing. (Reporting by John Mair and Lidia Kelly; Editing by William Mallard)


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