Thursday, 05 December, 2019

Merkel to meet Trump on evening before G20

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel attends a joint news conference with Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani in Doha Merkel to meet Trump on evening before G20
Christy Curtis | 06 July, 2017, 01:39

The residents in nearly all G-20 nations have more confidence in German Chancellor Angela Merkel than in U.S. President Donald Trump to do the right thing in world affairs, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday.

The two leaders had an "extensive discussion" on climate issues, women's entrepreneurship and trade, especially global steel overcapacity, the White House said in a statement on Monday.

Before meeting with his counterparts, President Trump has called on numerous global leaders with regard to disputed issues.

The pair also spoke by telephone on Monday, the White House said.

"We know certain positions that the American government holds and I don't expect that these positions will be abandoned as a result of a two-day trip to Hamburg", Merkel said.

Merkel also held a pre-summit meeting last week with the event's European participants, who underscored their backing for the Paris accord to combat climate change.

"We are living in the era of global interdependency, human civilization depends on global commons as the climate system, the oceans, global resources, are stability of worldwide financial markets", Messner said. He said he hoped to make a "new blueprint, set our sights on new goals and plan new routes" for cooperation during his visit to Germany.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte visit Diana, Princess of Wales's grave
Her brother, Charles, will renovate the area and plant forget-me-nots and rhododendrons because they were her favorite flowers. The beloved princess was honored on what would've been her 56th birthday by her close family and friends.

Trump later announced he was pulling the U.S. out of a landmark agreement to combat climate change reached in 2015 in Paris.

A day before the G20 starts, Trump will head to Warsaw for a meeting of central and eastern European leaders likely to include Hungary's hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has sparred with western European leaders, especially on the refugee issue. Russian Federation backs the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in that conflict, while the US supports rebel groups.

Additionally, this morning, the president tweeted about the conversation he had yesterday with the King of Saudi Arabia.

The four countries have accused Qatar of promoting terrorism in the region and have demanded Qatar shut down the Al Jazeera television network, evict Turkish troops from Qatar, and curb its ties with Iran.

"Then kill the dictatorship" ahead of the gathering of the world's 20 leading economic powers, including Turkey, in Hamburg Friday and Saturday.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the German city of Hamburg to protest against a Group of 20 (G20) summit that takes place next weekend.

Even in the United States, more people have confidence in Merkel than in their own president (56 percent to 46 percent).

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