France has once again snubbed Australia, with Trade Minister Dan Tehan telling Sky News Australia his request for a meeting was rejected as the fallout from the AUKUS deal continues.
Mr Tehan said the freeze on diplomatic communications between Australia and France continues, after arriving in Paris for an OECD meeting.
“French Trade Minister Franck Riester refused to meet with me this time,” Tehan confirmed to Sky News Australia on Monday.
“But this invitation remains open from Australia’s point of view. “
The new AUKUS alliance between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom has led to an agreement for Canberra to secure at least eight nuclear-powered submarines.
The rejection of Mr Tehan’s request comes amid a growing list of explosions from the French who reacted with outrage after Australia subsequently canceled its deal to buy boats from the largely naval group state owned.
After the decision was formalized, France fired its ambassadors from Australia and the United States, and French President Emmanuel Macron refused to speak to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The trade minister is expected to attend the OECD Ministerial Council meeting later this week, where green energy solutions will be at the center of the agenda.
The meeting comes amid mounting pressure on the Morrison government to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 and to set a more ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 2030 .
Mr Tehan said Australia was “one of the world leaders” in terms of finding new sources of energy and technological solutions to emissions reduction efforts.
“I look forward to these discussions and to being able to explain and detail the process Australia is going through right now,” said Mr. Tehan.
“(To explain) what we are doing in terms of renewable energy, the goals that we have achieved and that we continue to achieve in terms of renewable energy.
“We are one of the world leaders when it comes to determining what new sources of energy will help the world go carbon free. Everyone has to play their part and Australia is playing their part.
Mr Tehan said Australia’s efforts to invest in renewable technologies with an eye on the Indo-Pacific and other developing economies were “very welcome”.
“We have to have the technology and we have to be able to share the technology if we are to reach net zero by 2050, everyone understands that. It’s very easy to say this is where you want to get to, this is how you are going to do it, ”he said.
“Every discussion I have is what dominates the conversation. They look to Australia and they know we’re actually trying to put in place the technology roadmap to get there and they want to work with us.
“I’m very comfortable that the discussions we’ll have here will be seen as playing our part and they will be very interested in what we’re doing. “