The details of the tripartite security agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, which marked the cancellation of the contract signed by Paris and Canberra for the supply of tens of billions of euros worth of submarines, were discussed and agreed during G7 summit in Cornwall in June, writes The Telegraph today.
According to the report, the President of France Emanuel Macron, present at the meeting, was kept in the dark regarding the preparation of the agreement.
The then British Foreign Secretary Dominique Raab (now Minister of Justice) had warned that the agreement would negatively affect relations with China and France. The details of the so-called AUKUS were, however, discussed in detail during the G7 summit. All documents about her were classified "top secret", according to the Telegraph.
The Guardian reported on Saturday that talks on the issue had been going on for months in complete secrecy, adding that during the G7 in Cornwall, Mr Macron was not hinted that the Australian government was preparing to cancel the bilateral agreement on the supply of submarines in order to buy American nuclear-powered submarines instead.