No bi­lat­eral meet­ing with Putin in Paris: Trump

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Wash­ing­ton: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has said he will have lunch with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin among other lead­ers dur­ing his planned trip to Paris but no meet­ing was ex­pected.

Trump also re­vealed that he is likely to meet North Korean leader Kim Jongun “early next year”.

“We will be hav­ing a lunch, but I’m sure many peo­ple will be there,” said Trump on Wed­nes­day at a press con­fer­ence at the White House when asked if he will meet Putin in Paris, where over 60 lead­ers were ex­pected to con­vene on Sun­day to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the World War I, Xin­hua re­ported.

“I don’t think we have any­thing sched­uled in Paris,” said Trump, ex­plain­ing that he didn’t think there would be time set for any meet­ing given his short stay there.

“We will very shortly meet again at the G20. And that’s where we were ac­tu­ally look­ing for­ward to meet,” Trump added.

The Krem­lin an­nounced ear­lier on Wed­nes­day that Putin and Trump will meet at a short work­ing lunch in the El­y­see Palace, with longer and more com­pre­hen­sive talks ex­pected at a sum­mit of the Group of 20 coun­tries at the end of this month in Ar­gentina.

Trump said that he ex­pected to meet Kim Jongun again “some time early next year,” but in­sisted that the US is “in no rush” af­ter talks be­tween his top diplo­mat and a se­nior North Korean en­voy were post­poned.

“We think it’s go­ing fine. We are in no rush,” said Trump, com­ment­ing on cur­rent bi­lat­eral ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Trump’s re­marks came less than a day af­ter the US State De­part­ment an­nounced that a sched­uled high-level meet­ing be­tween the two sides has been post­poned.

“We think it’s go­ing fine. We are in no rush,” said Trump, com­ment­ing on cur­rent bi­lat­eral ne­go­ti­a­tions.

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