Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris
- Author: Joey Payne Nov 14, 2018,
Nov 14, 2018, 1:06
That includes French President Emmanuel Macron, who on Sunday warned that the "ancient demons" that caused World War I and millions of deaths were once again making headway.
And they heard the commemoration's host, French President Emmanuel Macron, warn about the fragility of peace and the dangers of nationalism: a theme that seemed directed, at least in part, at US President Donald Trump, who listened stony-faced.
Under grey skies and gently falling rain, many heads of state joined Macron in walking the last stretch of the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, where the ceremony was held. You know what I am? "Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism".
Macron had angered Trump by saying Europe needed its own army and listing the USA along with Russian Federation and China as a threat to European security. And I say, really, we're not supposed to use that word.
Macron's speech was the centerpiece of a memorial service that commemorated one of the bloodiest wars in history, which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month but left a long legacy of suffering.
"The lesson of the Great War can not be that of resentment between peoples, nor should the past be forgotten", he said, alluding to the millions of women widowed and children orphaned by the conflict, as well as the 10 million soldiers killed.
"The lesson we draw of the great war can not be rancor and resentment against other nations".
"It is our deeply rooted obligation to think of the future, and to consider what is essential". White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited security protocols for the presidential motorcade's solo trip down the grand flag-lined avenue, which was closed to traffic.
However, the French organisers of the lunch event changed the lunchtime seating arrangement at the last minute so Mr Trump and Mr Putin would not be sitting next to each other, Russian media reported.
The French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-yo Ma gave a performance, so did West African singer Angelique Kidjo, and a European youth orchestra with a Russian conductor.
The president and first lady Melania Trump traveled separately from most of the other presidents and dignitaries, who had gathered earlier at the Elysee Palace and traveled to the ceremony by bus.
The world leaders were pictured standing side by side in the rain at the Arc de Triomphe to pay tribute to those who died in the First World War, 100 years to the day since the guns fell silent. Other topics, in addition to the ones listed by the French, were trade, sanctions, Afghanistan and China, she said.
Trump is due back in Washington by Sunday evening.
The president was widely criticized for calling off a Saturday visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, on the site of a World War I battle in which 1,800 American soldiers were killed.
He also paid his respects to the thousands of American soldiers who died in WWI: "It is our duty to preserve the civilization they defended and secure the peace they so nobly gave their lives for one century ago".
When they parted they told each other "until we meet again", Peskov said.
Justin Trudeau didn't publicly shame Donald Trump for bailing on a rainy First World War memorial ceremony over the weekend, but that didn't stop observers from inferring that Trump could learn something from the prime minister's perspective on inclement weather.
"In a context of challenges to multilateralism, we reaffirm our commitment to existing global organizations as well as our determination to allow them to be even more representative of the worldwide community and shared values", wrote Macron and the heads of global organizations in a joint statement published at the end of the first day of the Paris Peace Forum which opened Sunday.