The annual summit of the Group of 20 nations is underway where the World leaders have gathered in Osaka, Japan for the yearly held two-day meeting, during a rising number of differences and crises concerning the world’s largest economies.
Meantime, the top agenda of the summit is the on-going trade war in the middle of China and the United States, who are considered to be the world biggest economies.
Behind these closed doors, all the major leaders are likely going to be debating on the threat of war between Washington and Tehran and the intense US-China trade war, which displays little sign of abating.
The G20 is an international leaders’ forum that includes a total number of 19 countries as well as the European Union.
Together, the grouping signifies more than 80 percent of the world’s economic productivity as well as two-thirds of its people. Its major objective is to promote international financial stability and steadiness.
The US President has a host of meetings with various other world leaders such as China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.
Here are some of the Major Highlights of the G20 summit 2019
President Donald Trump met Vladimir Putin
Donald Trump has finally met the Russian President and had a closed-door meeting with Vladimir Putin on Friday. They also sat together in front of journalists for a photo opportunity and before that the two leaders met privately with their senior aides.
One of the reporters asked Trump if he was going to tell Putin not to interfere in US elections in the coming days. For this, Trump replied: “Yes, of course, I will.” He then turned towards Putin and playfully said with a smile, “Don’t meddle with the election, please!”
Meeting between the Russian President and British Prime Minister
A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as British Prime Minister Theresa May is in progress on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
Among stressed bilateral relations, the meeting amongst these two nations is considered to be very important.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has also said that she in their discussions is going to call on Putin to finish his country’s aggressive actions, comprising cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns around the globe.
She said in an interview with Sky News, “Russia can go down a different path if it desists from this sort of activity,”
Trump catch up the Democratic debate between G20 meetings
Trump is going to had a busy schedule on Friday at the G20 which comprises of meetings with the leaders of Japan, India, Brazil, Germany as well as Russia.
But Trump somehow managed to fetch some time between the talks in order to watch on the US Democratic presidential debates.
“BORING!” Trump tweeted on his official Twitter on Wednesday night.
Trump said I didn’t promise Xi I’d hold off on tariffs
The meeting of US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to be early on Saturday morning. Among the rising tensions with Iran, Xi said the Middle East is at a “crossroads of war and peace” as well as called for “calm and restraint”.
On Friday, speaking to the journalists, Trump said that he hadn’t guaranteed Xi that he would hold off on rising tariffs if the Chinese leader met with him in Japan.
“We’ll see what happens and what comes out of it,” Trump said. “It will be a very exciting day, I’m sure. A lot of people are talking about it.”
Trump accepts an offer of Brazilian president’s to visit Brazil
After Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro extended an open invite request, US President Donald Trump said that he is going to visit Brazil.
Ahead of their bilateral meeting, Bolsonaro said to the reporters that for a long time he has been a great admirer of Trump and that was even from before he was elected as president.
“It gives me great honor to be with you… I support Trump, I support the United States, I support your upcoming re-election and I do hope that you will come to Brazil and you have an open standing invitation to visit Brazil even before the upcoming elections,” Bolsonaro said.
Climate change protesters asking on G20 leaders to put an end on funding coal
As the day started in the G20 summit, people from all around the world held the protests regarding climate change, asking the world leaders to end funding for coal as well as fossil fuels.
Takayoshi Yokoyama of 350.org, which is an international environmental organization, said in a statement that “A country that has private and public banks funding coal here and across the world cannot be called a climate leader.”