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Merkel takes aim at United States policy ahead of G20 meeting with Trump

December 16 2017, 10:39 | Irvin Gilbert

Merkel takes aim at United States policy ahead of G20 meeting with Trump

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel attends a joint news conference with Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani in Doha

Regarding two of the key issues that will be discussed at the G-20 summit - trade and climate change - the results are even more emphatic against the policies of Trump, with even those in the US being firmly opposed to the positions of their own leader.

Trump announced on Twitter that he would be talking on the phone with leaders from Germany, Italy and France on Monday.

"The U.S. will probably not engage in Africa to the extent that would be necessary, particularly since they barely have oil interests any more in Africa and the Arab world", she said.

Trump and Macron spoke last week when the US president accepted an invitation to attend Bastille Day ceremonies in Paris on July 14. In its new manifesto the CDU/CSU refers to the relationship as Germany's most important "partnership" outside Europe.

In response to Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and his tilt towards protectionism, Merkel, who is facing an election later this year, has been championing free trade and cooperation on the environment.

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.

High-level US diplomat Thomas Shannon met on Monday with Russia's ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, to prepare for the Trump-Putin meeting, the State Department said.

Since 1979, the United States has recognized China's official position that Taiwan is part of China.

The White House statements ended by saying Trump and Xi, and Trump and Abe, look forward to meeting in person this week at the summit.

Trump "addressed his concerns", the White House said, about the dispute the Saudis, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have with Qatar.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week to press for solutions to climate change.

The G20 summit will also be attended by the U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Leaders from all over the world travel annually to Germany to partake in the two-day G-20 summit to discuss issues such as economic growth, global trade and financial market regulations.

The German Chancellor is going to meet an American leader on the evening before G20.



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