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Australia appears to repair French relations on an afternoon visit after the submarine line

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SYDNEY — Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will visit France next week as Australia sees his new Labor Party administration to repair last year's tense ties that abandoned France's submarine trade.

Australia has offended France by canceling a multi-billion dollar order with a French naval group and choosing an alternative contract between the United States and the United Kingdom to purchase a nuclear submarine.

"We need to reset. There was already a very constructive debate," Albanige told ABC TV in an interview late Thursday, accepting an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Paris. I confirmed that.

Having been in power for over a month, Albanige has already reached a € 555 million ($ 584 million) settlement in submarine transactions. More now – in his efforts to repair the rift.

"Next week's visit is a very concrete sign of repairs already done," Albanige said.

"It is important that a reset occurs. Of course, France is the center of power in Europe, but it is also an important country in the Pacific Ocean in our region."

Albanese He will travel to Europe on Sunday for the NATO summit in Madrid from June 29th to 30th, and then to Paris, his office said in a statement.

Australia was invited to the conference with other non-NATO member states as the alliance seeks to strengthen relations following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

In a report that he might visit Ukraine, Albaniji said the government "has national security advice on it."

Australia, one of NATO's largest contributors to Western Ukraine aid, supplies aid and defense equipment and exports alumina and aluminum ore, including bauxite, to Russia. It is prohibited.

We have also imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals and groups. (Report by Renju Jose, edited by Robert Birsel)