|US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron in Brussels on May 25, 2017, on the sidelines of the NATO summit.|
US President Donald Trump welcomed his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to the US Embassy in Brussels on Thursday (May 25th) for their first meeting, a working lunch on the sidelines of a NATO summit.
Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron, the NATO summit and the G7 summit that is opening simultaneously in Italy, the regional crises (Syria, Ukraine, North Korea. ..), economy and respect, still uncertain, by the new US administration of the Paris agreement on climate.
After the traditional handshake, Donald Trump congratulated his host for over 30 years. ” It is a great honor for me to be with the new president of France, who led an incredible campaign and won a tremendous victory, ” said the Republican president, who boasts of having shaken codes Traditional politics by accessing the general surprise at the White House. ” I am very happy for being with President Trump,” said Emmanuel Macron, ” I am very happy to be able to change a lot of things together, ” he added.
Given the relative brevity of this meeting organized in the dining room decorated with Japanese inspiration of the American embassy, the Elysee had said Wednesday to prepare for exchanges ” very direct ” and ” concise ” between the two leaders.
Fillet of veal and Chateau apples
Around the table on the French side were Sylvie Goulard, Minister of Armies Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Admiral Bernard Rogel, Chief of Staff of the President, and Then Philippe Etienne, diplomatic adviser to Emmanuel Macron. On the menu: tomato mozzarella, filet of veal and apple castle, then Belgian chocolate mousse with dessert.
At the end of the meeting, which lasted more than 1h30, the French president reported a ” long exchange “, ” extremely direct and very frank”. “I would say that the heart of our exchanges was pragmatism,” he told a press conference. ” So there are subjects on which we do not necessarily have the same reading, there are choices that have been made but we have been able to exchange in a very direct way with a willingness to strengthen our partnership and cooperation in The fight against terrorism “.
The two leaders also spoke of the Syrian crisis – ” my wish is that we can together succeed in bringing together all the parties involved in this conflict to build an inclusive diplomatic roadmap and I believe that [Donald
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The implementation of the Paris agreement, concluded in December 2015 after bitter negotiations, was called into question by the American president who promised during the presidential campaign to ” cancel it ” before finally changing his mind.
He said he would return his decision to return the next G7 summit. ” It is up to President Trump to express his position,” said Emmanuel Macron. ” I reminded him of the importance of these agreements for us, the importance of his commitments, I truly believe in the international community .”
This is the first meeting between the two leaders who are both taking their first steps on the international stage this week, at NATO and at the G7 summit, to be held on Friday and Saturday in Sicily.