Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris

Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris

The president did not show an immediate reply, sitting quietly, often with his head down during Macron's speech.

But on Sunday both the United States and Russian presidents arrived separately for the solemn ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, skipping the bus ride and symbolic walk with other leaders.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told in response to inquiry about the delayed arrival, and the possibility that Trump was meeting with Putin during the time that he was missing in action that he was abiding by protocol.

In another stark contrast with Trump, Macron went on to deliver a forceful speech against fear-mongering and isolationism, calling on fellow leaders to fight together for peace.

The Russian president is hoping his personal ties with Trump, who regularly touts their good relationship, will at some point yield a softening of the US approach to his country. Upon President Donald Trump's election, however, the US has come to view traditional European partners with skepticism and has called on countries like France and Germany to contribute more to the NATO Western military alliance, which the USA largely funds.

Host and French President Emmanuel Macron was there and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took part in some of the exchanges, the presidency said.

Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel held hands and put on a united front before the French president welcomed around 70 world leaders including American and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin for centenary commemorations on Sunday.

The Forum takes place in the midst of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which marked the end of World War I.

An estimated 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians died in the conflict, also known as the Great War, which began on July 28, 1914. Around him, sorrow etched on their faces, former French soldiers stood rigidly to attention. "The great war is a foundation that obliges us to think forward to the future and think of our essential values", he noted.

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The 90-minute commemoration included the reading by children of letters written by German, French, and British soldiers during the war, a recital by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and a performance of Maurice Ravel's Bolero.

In the afternoon, Mr Trump travelled to the Suresnes American Cemetery, just west of Paris, to speak to veterans.

"But she's out", he said of Merkel, who announced she will step down in 2021. "We renew our sacred obligation to memorialise our fallen heroes".

President Weah, who was among 70 world leaders attending the Paris Peace Forum, used the brief discussions to accentuate the importance of global involvement in maintaining Liberia's peace and supporting its development objectives.

"Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938". "You're very smart people".

After the ceremony, Merkel and UN Secretary-General Guterres gave the opening speeches at a new peace forum in Paris set up by Macron - with both warning that rising nationalism threatens the rules-based worldwide order.

The U.S. president set the tone for his trip by blasting Macron for "very insulting" comments advocating a more integrated European security, and was then roundly criticized for skipping a planned visit to a U.S. military ceremony because of bad weather.

"France knows what it owes these fighters that came from across the world, France salutes with honor the death of soldiers that it fought", he said.

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