Trump to invite France’s Macron for first state visit

France's president Emmanuel Macron (L) laughing with US President Donald Trump. (AFP)
Updated 24 January 2018
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Trump to invite France’s Macron for first state visit

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is expected to invite French President Emmanuel Macron to the US on the first state visit of the Trump administration.
That’s according to a senior US official who was not authorized to discuss the visit before it was announced and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Trump is the first US president in decades to close his first year without welcoming a counterpart on a state visit.
The designation means Macron will be welcomed to the White House with a South Lawn arrival ceremony followed by talks with Trump. He’ll also be the honored guest at a glitzy state dinner.
Trump was Macron’s special guest at a Bastille Day celebration last year that coincided with the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I.


Turkey’s Erdogan offers support for Venezuela’s Maduro

Updated 24 January 2019
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Turkey’s Erdogan offers support for Venezuela’s Maduro

  • The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Maduro over the phone to stand tall
  • The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro severed ties with US after they declared their support for the opposition leader

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and offered his support after a Venezuelan opposition leader declared himself interim president, a spokesman for the Turkish president said on Thursday.
“Our president called and extended Turkey’s support to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and said ‘My brother Maduro! Stand tall, we stand by you!” Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning the backing of Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the United States.