Pomp-filled DC visit for French president, wife

27 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Hassan Rouhani warned Mr Trump against 'betraying' the nuclear deal

Transatlantic political reality reasserted itself yesterday, however, as Macron speaking in an accented but increasingly confident English recalled the glories of past US-French cooperation.

Macron shook hands with senators and representatives, and pressed his hand to his heart several times before a speech expected to touch on the two countries' shared history and global challenges.

"What is the meaning of our life, really, if we work and live destroying the planet, sacrificing the future of our children?" he asked as the room erupted, mostly among Democratic members of Congress, in applause.

Macron acknowledged the differences between French and US policy on climate change, but he said local communities and businesses in both countries could work together to create new jobs and opportunities while safeguarding the Earth. You can play with fear and anger for a time, but they do not construct anything.

Mr Macron warned against withdrawing from the world in fear. His visit to the U.S. this week has been a charm offensive peppered with handshakes and kisses between the two leaders to pronounce their warm relations. Western allies can not let nationalistic impulses take over and "undermine the liberal order we set after World War II".

The comments come as a deadline looms next month for Trump to decide on restoring US economic sanctions on Tehran.

He called on the United States not to close the door to the world. "It is a political commitment by an administration that is no longer in office", Hook told National Public Radio, although the JCPOA is enshrined in a United Nations security council resolution.

"This requires - more than ever - the United States' involvement as your role was decisive for creating and guarding today's free world".

He gave an impassioned speech in which he reminded Congress that the U.S. "invented this multilateralism" and now needed to help preserve it. You are the one now who has to help preserve and reinvent it.

The German Foreign Ministry was quick to back Mogherini, affirming that the Iran nuclear deal was Berlin's top priority.

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Saying that "Iran shall never possess any nuclear weapons", Macron noted that the West's policy "should never lead us to war in the Middle East".

The French president told Congress that Iran remained a threat and that a multinational effort is needed to stop it from developing nuclear capabilities. Not in 10 years.

Elsewhere in her remarks, Zakharova announced an unscheduled meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey in Moscow on April 28, saying the three states - which are cooperating in a peace process on Syria - will exchange views on "including the worsening situation around the implementation of the JCPOA", among other issues. "We should follow them", said the French leader.

Trump has threatened to tear up global trade deals, scorns the United Nations, accuses U.S. allies of not pulling their weight, walked away from Paris climate accord and hates dealing with transnational bodies like the European Union. Let us not replicate past mistakes in the region.

If Earth's climate continues to warm, "there is no Planet B", he added.

Overcapacity in the global steel and aluminum markets is not the result of excess production in France or the European Union, and those countries should be permanently exempt from the US' metals tariffs, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. "It may happen, like in all families", Macron said. Macron said he plans to call Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, to discuss the next steps and a new round of diplomacy.

"Let us work together in order to make our planet great again", he said.

"I'm sure one day the USA will come back again to join the Paris agreement", Macron predicted. His promotion was received by many in Congress as a sign that Trump intends to pull out of the accord.

Without mentioning Mr Trump by name, he challenged the Republican president's protectionist and nationalist impulses and said modern economic and security challenges must be a shared global responsibility that is "based on a new breed of multilateralism".

"Without reason, without truce, there's no real democracy".



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