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European Parliament President, Antonio, Tajani, meeting with President of the United States, Donald Trump

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Foreign Affairs

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, met with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, today.

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President, Donald Tusk and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, also attended the meeting.

Relations between the European Union and United States were at the centre of discussions: cooperation on security, defence, the fight against terrorism, international trade, raw materials and promoting employment. Foreign policy was also discussed, in particular the situation in North Korea.

At the end of the meeting President Tajani stated:
“The alliance and friendship between Europe and the United States is based on shared values, cultural roots, language and religion. Citizens, on both sides of the Atlantic, are asking us for concrete responses on terrorism, peace and jobs.”

President Tajani continued:
“The creation of new jobs also requires a sound trade policy that guarantees the effective opening of markets through good rules and a level playing field. I reaffirmed the European Parliament’s position on China, namely that it does not recognise that China is a market economy.”

President Tajani also said to President Trump that, “Europe is taking on greater responsibility on defence, developing a common European industry, market and research.”

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