Conciliatory Sounds Of Trump At G7 Summit To Iran:

Differences with US President Trump dominated the summit of the seven major industrial nations. He gave himself unusually lenient on Monday. Is there movement with China? Or in the Iran crisis?

Biarritz (DPA) - At the summit of the seven major industrial countries (G7) on Monday there were cautious signs of relaxation in dealing with the Iran conflict and the trade war with China.

After the whirlwind of the sensitive surprise visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Sarif on the eve of the meeting of the Heads of State and Government,

US President Donald Trump was quite relaxed. Also in the trade war with China, which is burdening the global economy and worried the G7 partners, Trump announced that both sides "very soon" wanted to start new negotiations.

In the tug-of-war with the Europeans about the right course towards Iran, Trump pointed out that hosting French President Emmanuel Macron had denied him the visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister to the French seaside resort.

Macron had asked him in advance and had his consent to the invitation to the summit. In addition to the US and France, Germany, the UK, Japan, Canada and Italy belong to the G7 group.

The summit ends this Monday after three days. After women's equality, aid to Africa and the fight against the devastating fires in the Amazon, climate protection and biodiversity were all on the agenda.

For the first time in its 44-year history, the G7 group, as opposed to a joint final communiqué, as for previous summits, only planned position papers on specific topics. The reason is the differences with Trump.

In the fuss over the Iranian foreign minister Trump said to the question whether he had considered the invitation disrespectful: "No, no, no." The US sees Iran as an enemy.

Trump had Sarif put on the US sanction list at the end of July. Trump had unilaterally cancelled the nuclear deal with Iran because it was not far-reaching enough in his view.

The Europeans, however, want to stick to the contract. Trump said a new agreement must be long-term, including ballistic missiles.

Trump presented Iran with prospects for economic development in the event of successful negotiations, similar to its talks with North Korea. "You have to stop terrorism."

In Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Ruhani pleaded for diplomacy. "If I realize that I could solve the problems of the Iranians with a meeting, then I will definitely do that," Ruhani said.

Resistance against the world powers alone brings nothing, the government should look for all problems at the same time for solutions.

That includes diplomacy as long as it serves national interests, Ruhani said. But Trump said the time was not ripe for direct talks with Iran.

He did not want to say whether he had sent a message to Teheran via France. Shortly before his meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Biarritz, Trump also announced that the US and China will shortly begin negotiations in their trade wars.

The Chinese negotiators contacted his team in Washington on Sunday. There are "very productive" talks. "It's the first time I see that they really want to sign an agreement," said Trump. "I think it's a very positive step."

At the end of the week, the US president escalated the trade war with China by further increasing US punitive tariffs on Chinese goods.

The Chinese side is very interested in an agreement, Trump said. China's state and party leader Xi Jinping is a "very big leader," said Trump.

Xi understands that an agreement is good for China, the US and the world. We'll see what happens, Trump said.

But I think we will make an agreement. Trump did not name an appointment. We are ready to start very serious talks.


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