Trump, Macron to meet Saturday in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of a bilateral meeting in New York on September 24, 2018 | © AFP | ludovic MARIN

Washington (AFP) | 7 November 2018 21:30

The two leaders were to discuss notably “the situation in Syria” and “the threat posed by Iran,” a White House official said Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

The tete-a-tete is the only bilateral meeting slated for Trump’s Paris trip, according to the official.

The Kremlin had evoked the possibility of talks between Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, but Trump said Wednesday no such meeting was planned.

The US president, along with his wife Melania, will be among leaders of at least 60 countries expected in Paris on Sunday to kick off the commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.

The main ceremony will take place at the Arc de Triomphe war monument in Paris at 11 a.m. on November 11 — marking the time when the guns finally fell silent after four years of trench warfare and general European slaughter.

Trump will attend the ceremonies to “highlight the sacrifices that Americans have made, not only during World War I but also in the century since, in the name of liberty,” the White House said.

Over the weekend Trump will visit the Bois Belleau and Suresnes American cemeteries.

The last meeting between Trump and Macron dates back to September, when the duo met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

© 2018 AFP

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