The Malaysian prime minister criticized Australia and expressed concern. New deal With the United States to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaqub has warned that an agreement between the United States and Australia could lead to a nuclear arms race in the region. Daily Express. The newspaper reported first. According to a statement from Yaqub’s office, the Malaysian leader expressed his concerns directly to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a phone call on Friday.
The Malaysian leader warned in a statement on Saturday that “at the same time, it will provoke other powers to take more aggressive action in the region, especially in the South China Sea.” He also said that Malaysia would ensure that its territorial waters were “Zones of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality” (ZOPFAN) – as per the 1971 agreements with Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Has been announced.
The plan with Australia has been widely criticized by many countries. Regional superpower China called the decision “extremely irresponsible.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Xiao Lijian said in a press briefing that it “seriously undermines regional peace and stability and accelerates the arms race.”
Despite conflicting claims with regional countries, including Malaysia, and an international tribunal, China claims most of southern China. Judgment against his claim in 2016.
France was a key ally of the United States and Australia. Angry with the decisionAs Australia rescinds a previous agreement with the European nation for diesel-powered submarines in favor of nuclear-powered submarines, which, among other benefits, are steeper and more durable.
“This brutal, one-sided and unexpected decision reminds me a lot of what Mr. Trump used to do,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Info Radio on Thursday. “I’m angry and bitter. It’s not done between allies.”
The European nation on Friday recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia.
“At the request of the President, I have decided to immediately recall my two ambassadors to the United States and Australia in Paris for consultations,” the French foreign minister said in a statement. “This extraordinary decision is justified by the extraordinary gravity of the announcements made by Australia and the United States on 15 September.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price responded to France’s anger by calling the European nation a “key partner.”
“We are in close contact with our French allies. We understand their position, and we are aware of their plans to recall Ambassador Etienne from Paris for advisers. France is a key partner and our oldest. Is an ally, and we value our relationship the most, “Price wrote. Twitter Post
Meanwhile, Singapore. Spoke kindly The island nation’s foreign ministry said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke to Morrison by phone this week. According to the ministry, Lee told the Australian leader that he hoped the agreement would play a constructive role in peace and stability in the region and complement regional architecture.
Newsweek The State Department was contacted for comment on Malaysia’s concerns, but did not receive an immediate response.