Danish PM defends Biden in French submarine dispute


Danish Prime Minister and Social Democratic Leader Mette Frederiksen delivers her opening speech at the Congress of Social Democrats in Aalborg, Denmark, September 18, 2021. Ritzau Scanpix / via REUTERS

COPENHAGEN, September 22 (Reuters) – The Danish Prime Minister said on Wednesday that she did not believe that a new security pact between Australia, Britain and the United States excluding France and costing Paris a defense project is the reason for a transatlantic dispute.

Mette Frederiksen said US President Joe Biden was a staunch supporter of European-US relations, breaking ranks with Germany and the European Commission, which on Tuesday sided with France and warned of losing trust with the United States.

“I think it’s important to say, in relation to the discussions currently taking place in Europe, that I consider Biden to be very loyal to the transatlantic alliance,” Frederiksen told the Danish daily Politiken in New York, where she attended. the United Nations General Assembly.

“And I think in general that we should refrain from raising certain specific challenges, which will always exist between allies, up to a level where they are not meant to be. I really, really want to warn against that,” she added.

France has said it is evaluating all options in response to Australia’s cancellation of a $ 40 billion submarine contract last week after Washington offered Canberra more advanced nuclear technology. Read more

The conciliatory tone follows his call in June for better relations between the United States and the EU despite a Danish media report that the United States had spied on French and German leaders through cables. Danish information.

Reporting by Stine Jacobsen, written by Robin Emmott, editing by Giles Elgood

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