Trump "exchanged pleasantries" with Saudi crown prince at G20

01 December, 2018, 18:52 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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The divisions among the world's leading economies were evident from the moment Argentina's president Mauricio Macri opened the summit on Friday with a call for global co-operation to solve the planet's problems.

With the United States and China locked in growing disputes over commerce and security, US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are due to sit down for dinner at the end of G20 in Buenos Aires.

It's unlikely the two countries will reach a full-blown resolution in Buenos Aires; the issues that divide them are just too hard.

After initial plans for him to stay away from the summit, Trump's hardline trade adviser, Peter Navarro, was added to the USA delegation at the last minute and is expected to attend the meeting between Trump and Xi, a U.S. official and a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.

"This summit is an unprecedented event for our country". The main targets of such a move would be cars from the EU, Japan, and South Korea. For example, a draft says 19 of the participants agree on the importance of upholding the Paris climate accord, but the USA doesn't.

Moscow said USA domestic politics may have been the real reason behind the cancellation after Trump's former personal lawyer pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Organization skyscraper in the Russian capital.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the closed-door discussions. "I do not think there was a reference in those terms", Faurie told reporters earlier on Friday, adding that the meeting was handled in a cordial way.

"We can't resolve problems such as the future of work or climate change issues on our own", said Mr Macri.

Trump himself has cast the meeting as a do-or-die encounter that will either result in a deal or an escalation in the trade war.

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie said final communique does not require the signature of presidents.

Inside the talks, uncertainty prevailed about how Trump, known for his unpredictability, would behave at what was shaping up as one of the group's most consequential summits.

The summit is meant to focus on issues such as labor, infrastructure, development, financial stability, climate sustainability and global commerce.

The trade battle between the United States and China has loomed larger over the G20 talks.

Russian Federation and Ukraine have traded blame over the weekend ship incident - which Mr Trump cited as a reason for cancelling a much-anticipated meeting with Mr Putin at the G20.

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Argentina's president on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Bin Salman told Macron not to worry, but Macron countered, "I am anxious".

A pull-aside chat is scheduled with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose government has pushed for greater punishment of Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's killing, which occurred at a consulate in Istanbul.

Trump's administration is mulling whether to apply fresh tariffs on imported autos under national-security grounds, as it did on steel and aluminum imports this year.

The summit marks a quick return to the worldwide stage for Prince Mohammed after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.

While short of a complete rewrite of NAFTA once promised by Trump, he hailed the new United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement as an "incredible milestone".

Although the new pact inherits key features from the old one, Trump has declared it a victory for the USA workers he claims were cheated by Nafta and yesterday called it the most "modern and balanced agreement in history".

"These agreements are massive, and a vast number of technical details need to be scrubbed and wrapped up", she said.

The day will also see a highly anticipated meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose nations have been embroiled in an escalating trade war with new U.S. tariffs on China goods set to take effect a month from now.

Trump arrived in Buenos Aires for the summit late Thursday night, marking the first time he has set foot in Latin America in his almost two years in office and kicking off what promises to be a whirlwind 48-hour visit.

Trump met Friday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rare trilateral meeting. The two countries have always been at odds over the South Atlantic islands known as the Falklands in Britain and the Malvinas in Argentina.

But Human Rights Watch accuses him of responsibility and also of war crimes in Yemen, and on Wednesday, Argentine legal authorities took initial action to consider a request to prosecute him for alleged crimes against humanity.

"The solution is dialogue, dialogue, and dialogue", he said.

The US president has lashed out at GM over its plan to cut more than 14,000 jobs and close factories in North America.

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