Macron and Trump agree common goal is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons

US President Donald Trump (L) sits to lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit. (AFP)
Updated 24 August 2019

Macron and Trump agree common goal is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons

  • The two leaders met at the ornate Hotel du Palais in the Atlantic resort of Biarritz, the G7 venue
  • Trump said on Saturday he expected the G7 summit in France this weekend to accomplish a lot

LONDON: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that the US and France agreed that their common goal was to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Al Arabiya reported. 

Macron made the comment after he hosted his US counterpart Donald Trump for a previously unscheduled lunch on Saturday ahead of the official opening of the G7 summit in southwest France. 
The two leaders met at the ornate Hotel du Palais in the Atlantic resort of Biarritz, the G7 venue, just a day after Trump reiterated his threat of tariffs against French wine over a new French tax on the largest US tech companies.

Later, a French presidency official said that Macron and Trump have found "points of convergence" on subjects including trade, Iran's nuclear programme and the wildfires consuming large parts of the Amazon.

Trump said on Saturday he expected the G7 summit in France this weekend to accomplish a lot, adding he had a special relationship with Macron even if they had their differences.
"We actually have a lot in common, Emmanuel and I. We have been friends for a long time. Every once in a while we go at it a little bit, not very much. We get along very well, we have a very good relationship. I think I can say a special relationship," he said.

The meeting of the Group of Seven nations: Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US is taking place in the beach resort town of Biarritz. 

 

 

 


Popular panda on loan from China dies in Thai zoo

Updated 17 September 2019

Popular panda on loan from China dies in Thai zoo

  • Staff said Tuesday they found no sign of illness or injury on the 19-year-old panda’s body
  • A zoo veterinarian said pandas have a life expectancy of 14-20 years

BANGKOK: Zoo staff in northern Thailand have donned black and white clothing and observed a minute of silence to mourn the sudden death of their popular male giant panda, who was on a long-term loan from China.

Officials said Chuang Chuang collapsed Monday in his enclosure at the Chiang Mai Zoo shortly after standing up following a meal of bamboo leaves.

Staff said Tuesday they found no sign of illness or injury on the 19-year-old panda’s body, and that he had recently passed a health checkup.

A zoo veterinarian said pandas have a life expectancy of 14-20 years. Chuang Chuang and his female mate arrived in Chiang Mai in 2003 on a 10-year loan that was later extended for another 10 years.