More than 60 world leaders gathered in Paris Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, and although the general theme was unity, President Donald Trump seemed determined to stand apart. While world leaders took a bus to the Arc de Triomphe and walked side-by-side as bells tolled to mark the exact moment 100 years ago when the war ended, Trump arrived with his own motorcade. Russian President Vladimir Putin also arrived separately and walked in by himself to the ceremony that included, among others, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump arrived separately "due to security protocols." But his insistence on standing apart didn't sit well with others, particularly after Trump drew fire for his decision to cancel his appearance at a memorial service Saturday because of rain.
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau to seek the rule of law in resolving international issues, including China's arrest of two Canadian citizens. Beijing has detained the pair since December on allegations of harming national security. Their detention followed Canada's arrest of Meng Wanzhou -- chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. -- at the request of the United States, which has accused her of helping the company evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. During a meeting Sunday in the Canadian capital, Trudeau voiced his concern to Abe. The two agreed to request that China play a constructive role in the international community, Japanese officials said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on the importance of close coordination over North Korean issues as Pyongyang continues to make advances in its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. During a 45-minute phone conversation following a two-day meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida, Abe also told the U.S. leader that Tokyo is watching closely how Beijing responds to the issues, Abe told reporters. Abe said he and Trump also "frankly exchanged opinions" over the issue of Syria as well as North Korea, following Thursday's U.S. military strike on a Syrian military airfield from which a chemical attack was allegedly launched, killing dozens of civilians including children. Abe conveyed to Trump Japan's support for "the U.S. resolve to fulfill its responsibility to prevent the proliferation and use of chemical weapons," according to a Japanese official. Trump responded by saying that the missile attack was intended to ensure chemical weapons will never again be used following the casualties among Syrian civilians, the official said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the "pursuit of cooperation for mutual benefit" at the final day of a meeting by a Beijing and Moscow-led bloc, hours after the G7 meeting in Canada ended in disarray. Xi made his remarks on Sunday on the second and final day of an annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the coastal city of Qingdao, China. He also called on his regional partners to "boost harmony and unity by seekering common ground and setting aside differences". Despite disagreements between members of the eight-member grouping, the apparent harmony in which the summit took place stood in contrast with the G7 meeting in Canada. That two-day meeting between the heads of state of seven of the world's advanced economies ended with US President Donald Trump withdrawing support for a joint statement and calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak".
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with shipping 25 million Mexicans to his country, one of a series of bizarre missives that jarred fellow leaders at last week's acrimonious Group of Seven meeting, according to a report Friday. The G7 summit gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the U.S. president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and bitterly attacked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Behind the scenes, Trump's counterparts were dismayed by verbal jabs on topics ranging from trade to terrorism and migration, The Wall Street Journal said, quoting European officials who were present. At one point he described migration as a big problem for Europe then said to Abe: "Shinzo, you don't have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you'll be out of office very soon," creating a sense of irritation in the room, according to an EU official. The source added that when the topic turned to Iran and terrorism, Trump took aim at French President Emmanuel Macron, saying: "You must know about this, Emmanuel, because all the terrorists are in Paris."