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September 22, 2019

Boris to raise Brexit, climate with Trump, Macron, Merkel at UN

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September 22, 2019

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to meet US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he discusses Brexit, Iran and the climate crisis at the United Nations.

Johnson arrives today (Sunday) in New York for the annual General Assembly where world leaders will also convene for the UN’s Climate Action Summit. Johnson will meet his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, following his deputy’s warning that a “wide gap” remains between the UK and the EU on securing a new deal.

He will also meet European Council president Donald Tusk, as he tries to reach an agreement ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline. His meeting with Macron and Merkel is being billed as an E3 meeting to discuss the attacks on the Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. But a senior government official said: “I’m sure Brexit will come up. What this gives the PM an opportunity to do is talk to them at leader level about what some of our proposals are. At the same time we are under no illusions that there’s an awful lot of work to do.”

It is likely they will discuss the three “non-papers” the UK has shared with the bloc, focusing on the agrifood zone, customs issues and on manufactured goods. EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker buoyed hopes by insisting “we can have a deal”, but Ireland’s deputy prime minister Simon Coveney said a “wide gap” remains between Johnson and the bloc.

Tusk will meet with Varadkar and Merkel ahead of his talks with the Prime Minister. Other “wider foreign policy” issues such as Iran and Syria will also be discussed, the official said.

Johnson will also meet the US president, when he is expected to discuss Iran, Afghanistan and the climate crisis — a thorny subject for Trump who has described it as a “hoax”. Ahead of the assembly, the PM said he would be raising three “crucial issues”.

“First, how Britain can work with our European and American allies on peace and stability in the Middle East,” he said. “Second, how science and new technologies can help the world deal with climate change and the threats to biodiversity. And third, how post-Brexit Britain will be a better place to invest in and live in.” Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds, is also expected to attend the General Assembly, but the official stressed she was travelling for her own work with environmental group Oceana and not with the Premier.

Her attendance will signal she has surmounted her visa difficulties after she was barred from visiting the US for reasons which remain unclear. Other bilaterals anticipated for Johnson are with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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