Mamnoon, Rouhani discuss bilateral relations during SCO summit

Geneva Stokes
June 11, 2018

He said that Russian Federation did not choose to leave the G7 and would be happy to host its members. Tensions mounted between the Trump administration and fellow G7 members Canada, Germany and France when the United States imposed steep tariffs on imported metals from the countries.

"We (have) always been clear we should engage with Russian Federation where it is in our interests, but we need to remember why G8 became the G7, it was because Russian Federation illegally annexed Crimea", a European diplomat said Friday.

US President Donald Trump last month announced that the US was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015 under which Tehran had agreed to limit its nuclear activities and allow in global inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

The presidents of China, Russia and Mongolia pledged to strengthen trilateral cooperation during their meeting here on Saturday.

Putin expressed great thanks for Xi awarding China's first Friendship Medal to him, saying that it is not only the highest honor given to himself, but also reflects the high level of Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, as well as Chinese people's profound friendship towards Russian people.

Trump said he would not endorse a G7 communique after Trudeau informed president that Canadians "will not be pushed around on trade matters".

"As soon as the US side is ready, this meeting shall take place, of course, fitting my working schedule".

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President mentioned that Pakistan looks forward to participating in the 17th meeting of Council of Heads of Government of SCO member states which will be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in October 2018.

"It's in everyone's interests", Conte added, in an echo of Trump's own words after the combative USA president shocked both his allies and those back in his own country when he announced in Washington that, "Russia should be in (sic) this meeting", Trump told reporters in Washington as he left the White House.

China and Russian Federation already enjoy a relatively extensive economic dialogue, which has warmed in several areas since the crisis in Ukraine that contributed to Moscow's suspension from the G8. "They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table." adding, "I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in". Even as the scope of the breakdown over U.S. tariffs became clear, Xi was taking the podium to criticize what he said were new forms of "unilateralism" and "protectionism".

On Friday, Putin said both nations "are interested in establishing peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula".

European Union President Donald Tusk, who was also attending summit, also rejected Trump's suggestion.

"We have been a faithful player to this commitment, we've done our best, we've shown our good intentions". We rallied the entire European Union and many other partners to impose tough sanctions on Russian Federation for its annexation.

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