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France President, Macron swerves past Trump to embrace Merkel

France President, Macron swerves past Trump to embrace Merkel

French diplomats had said beforehand that Mr Macron would use the meeting to try to convince Mr Trump to stick to a global deal to combat climate change.

He then greets Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general Jens Stoltenber before Mr Trump pointedly holds out his hand.

May was due to lead a discussion on counter-terrorism with fellow G7 leaders on Friday - including US President Donald Trump - and call for them to put more pressure on internet companies to remove extremist content.

The new president of France was warned about US President Donald Trump's aggressive hand-shaking before their meeting on Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

Macron to meet European Union's Donald Tusk in Paris
Moreover, the choice of Le Maire is also probably aimed at sending a strong signal to Germany about Macron's commitment to reform. Alexis Kohler (Ko-LAIR), Macron's general secretary at the presidential Elysee Palace, made the announcement Wednesday.

During the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, French president Emmanuel Macron thwarted President Trump's aggressive handshake Thunderdome, much to the world's amusement.

Bloomberg, a financial information agency, devoted a whole article to an analysis of the comic scene for Emmanuel Macron: "It took the French president only six seconds to make Trump better than Trump with A handshake that showed the world that there was a new leader on the world stage".

On the Syrian conflict, President Macron said he hoped all parties to the conflict could agree to create a diplomatic road map to a settlement, "and I think that he (President Trump) shares this view".

The awkwardness may stem from Trump's tacit support of Macron's rival Marine Le Pen during the French election.

Kushner sought Russian Federation back channel, report claims
The banker, Sergey Gorkov, is the head of VEB Bank, a state-owned Russian entity that is the subject of USA government sanctions. Kushner held meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States and a banker from Moscow in December, the Post said.

May met separately at the G7 with US President Donald Trump, a critic of the European Union who had declared his support for Brexit. "Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening", he stated.

The two leaders met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday in Brussels, with the former French banker having been among the first to experience the U.S. mogul-turned president's famous grip. Trump grabbed hold of Macron in one of his trademark long grab-and-pull handshakes.

THE FACTS: Trump may never have explicitly endorsed any candidate in France's election, but he had only nice things to say about Le Pen.

India can't claim to have won Kulbhushan Jadhav case, says Pakistan's lawyer
It added that it indeed has jurisdiction in the case, superseding a 2008 agreement between India and Pakistan. Jadhav was arrested in a counter-intelligence raid in Mashkel, Balochistan in March 2016.


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