Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Macron convinced Trump will see US interests lie inside Paris climate deal

French President Emmanuel Macron centre speaks on the phone Credit Stephane de Sakutin  pool French President Emmanuel Macron centre speaks on the phone Credit Stephane de Sakutin pool
Sammy Stanley | 23 September, 2017, 05:17

Macron said ahead of his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that "I deplore the American decision, but I continue to dialogue with President Trump because I'm convinced that in the end he will understand that his interest, the interest of Americans, is in the Paris Accord".

He also put emphasis on freedom of expression, and called for a UN Special Representative for the protection of journalists across the world.

Macron's changes to labour laws, which will affect all private sector workers in France, include a cap on payouts for unfair dismissals and greater freedom for employers to hire and fire.

Since he announced last June 1st that he would pull the U.S. out of the December 2015 Paris Accord on climate change, Mr Macron has sought to lead the fight against global warming, under the slogan "Make our planet great again". While Mr Macron admitted that the threat from North Korea "concerns all of us existentially, collectively", he insisted on a political resolution to the crisis.

Macron firmly rejected escalation with North Korea and said France would "not close any door to dialogue" with the country.

In the face of Mr Trump's dire language on the Iran deal, Mr Macron warned of a downward spiral of instability if countries pulled out of the 2015 pact. The two have traded tough rhetoric amid Pyongyang's continuing nuclear and missile tests.

"Our commitment to non-proliferation has resulted in a strong, robust agreement to verify that Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons", Macron countered.

"Societies are fragmented", he said.

Iraqi forces push north into IS-held Hawija
Peshmerga forces have played a key role in fighting Islamic State , which captured large swathes of Iraqi territory in 2014. Iraqi forces, backed by US-led airpower, have already recaptured the northern cities of Mosul and Tel Afar this year.

"We have an exemplary relationship with the United States in fighting terrorism in Africa and the Middle East", Macron said. "We need to be a world at peace". In a report, United Nations investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.

The most benign reason for a procession is the one Trump wants to emulate, marking a national holiday a la France's Bastille Day.

Although Trump urged every country to put themselves first, he ultimately praised the United Nations body and its potential to bring deliberations at the world stage. The holiday coincided this year with the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into WWI.

He said all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and Islamic extremists that inspire them.

In fact, in May, CNN dubbed Macron the "anti-Donald Trump". You know, we're spending this year $700 billion - more than we've ever spent - on the military. Brazil is part of a group with Germany, India and Japan seeking permanent seats on the council.

"Change it, or cancel it. Fix it, or nix it", the Israeli leader challenged.

Guterres told leaders in his General Assembly address that "I take note" of Suu Kyi's speech. "We have to decrease tension and protect people in the region".

On Monday night, the eve of the ministerial meeting, the second Category 5 hurricane in a month hit the Caribbean, with the small island of Dominica the first landfall for Hurricane Maria. The storm was on a track to strike Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

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