The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has confirmed that President Donald Trump had a talk on several key issues with some of the worlds other big leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a lunch at Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French President.
Around 70 leaders traveled to the French capital to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice and remember the millions who died in the war.
According to Sanders, the leaders discussed issues including the INF (nuclear treaty), trade, sanctions, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, China, and North Korea.
“Today at lunch, the President sat with President Macron, Chancellor Merkel, and President Putin, and many other world leaders,” Sanders told reporters. “The leaders discussed a variety of issues, including the INF (nuclear treaty), Syria, trade, the situation in Saudi Arabia, sanctions, Afghanistan, China, and North Korea.”
“They had very good and productive discussions during the two-hour lunch,” Sanders said, reported CNN.
Meanwhile, the Russian state news agency reported that Putin had a brief but good conversation with the US President at World War I centenary events in Paris, reported TimesNowNews.com.
As per the report from Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, when journalists asked Putin if he managed to speak to Trump, he said “yes”. Putin also revealed that his conversation with Trump went “well.”
French President Emmanuel Macron took the stage at the foot of the iconic Arc de Triomphe and blasted nationalism. He echoed that patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism.
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” the French leader said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel implored the world leaders to come together and co-operate with each other.
“It’s easy to destroy institutions but it’s incredibly difficult to build them,” she said.