PM Modi meets Saudi Prince on sidelines of G20 summit
- Author: Tracy Klein Dec 01, 2018,
Dec 01, 2018, 2:03
"Obviously other issues like trade, climate change, worldwide financial architecture, all these issues have come up for discussion", he said, requesting anonymity.
The summit was held in tight security conditions, following threats of violent disruption from some groups in Buenos Aires.
The Prime Minister said: 'I am talking to president Macri about opportunities for trade, but our position on the sovereignty of the Falklands hasn't changed - and will not change'. -China trade dispute to the conflict over Ukraine.
Trump was still scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but analysts were not optimistic about prospects for a major breakthrough on the two countries' trade disputes a month before USA tariffs on Chinese goods are set to ramp up.
Trump rejected a statement by fellow leaders of the G7 industrialized economies at a summit in May after a tense gathering ended in acrimony, again over tariffs and trade.
Putin grinned broadly and welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman like a long-lost friend with a high-five ahead of a group photo where Trump stood grimly.
President Emmanuel Macron of France had a conversation with the crown prince, French officials said in media reports.
The summit's host, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, said the matter would be "on the table" during bilateral and possibly broader meetings.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday talked about China's "predatory economic activity" prior to the official inauguration of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires-and it took Argentine officials aback.
Attention is expected to focus on issues including a trade war between the U.S. and China, a new North American trade deal and the conflict in Ukraine. "Our security measures will be very strong and the decisions that we will make if there is violence will be immediate".
Mr Trump described the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) - which replaces the Nafta free trade deal - as "probably the greatest trade deal ever".
Meanwhile British Prime Minister Mrs May told reporters on the flight to Buenos Aires that she planned to speak with the crown prince about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the situation in Yemen.
G20 is an worldwide forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries of the world's largest economies and the European Union Commission.
A giant blimp of a baby Donald Trump made the president feel very "unwelcome" when he came to London in July, he said.
Mr Trump said he would not meet Mr Putin because three Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors seized by Russian Federation in the Black Sea near Crimea had not been returned.
The dinner scheduled for Saturday evening has been cast as a key encounter that could help the two leaders ease the trade tensions, or it could end in stalemate.
China said it remained hopeful of a deal and, after earlier indicating pessimism, Mr Trump said on Friday: "They want to and we'd like to".