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Japan: Macron says climate his 'red line' ahead of G20 summit

2 26.06.2019 Инфо

W/S French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at presser, Tokyo
M/S Macron and Abe
C/U Abe talking
SOT, Emmanuel Macron, French President (French): "Our wish is that there is a continuation between the Japanese presidency of G20 and the French presidency of G7. We support and will support a lot of priorities carried by Prime Minister Abe during this G20, and we will try to fructify them during the G7."
W/S Presser *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Emmanuel Macron, French President (French): "There are, for me, two very important subjects in this upcoming G20. The first one is international trade. We are at a moment of very strong tension between the United States and China, and so I wish that we have, during conclusions of the G20, a discussion that allows the appeasing of these tensions. And for me, the solution to these difficulties that we are facing is not in bilateral agreements, is not circumvention of international rules, is not in protectionism, it is very clearly in the modernisation of the multilateral trade framework."
W/S Presser *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Emmanuel Macron, French President (French): "We are in a key year, I'd say key months, there is the G20 today, the G7 in Biarritz, and there will be the climate summit at the United Nations in September. This is the moment to truly be there for history and for our own responsibility. I hear people from all around the world saying, 'I have a redline, if you talk about this or that, I will not sign'. I said it, I have a red line. If we do not go further in terms of our climate ambition, it means we are gathering for nothing."
W/S Presser *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Emmanuel Macron, French President (French): "Japanese justice is independent, you [journalist] are reminded it. It is a justice with which we have daily cooperation. We are attached, I am attached to the principle of presumption of innocence and to the right of defence. And so we will be like we are with all our cases around the world, vigilant, via our consular work, so that the rights of defence and the presumption of innocence are protected in this case."
M/S Macron and Abe shaking hands and leaving
W/S End of presser
SCRIPT
French President Emmanuel Macron talked about his priorities for the G20 and G7 summits, during a joint presser with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The French President emphasised the importance of climate talks and said that it was his 'red line'. "If we do not go further in terms of our climate ambition, it means we are gathering for nothing," he said.
Macron commented on the "very strong tension between the United States and China" amid their trade war and expressed his willingness in appeasing tensions during the upcoming G20 summit, with the "modernisation of the multilateral trade framework."
Macron later answered a question from a journalist on his position towards the arrest of French businessman and former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn in Japan on April 2019, over claims of financial misconduct.
He stated that the Japanese justice is independent, but that he will be "vigilant, via our consular work, so that the rights of defence and the presumption of innocence are protected in this case."
This is Macron's first state visit to Japan since he was elected in 2017. He will stay for the duration of the G20 summit, which kicks off in Osaka on Friday.
Credit: Government of Japan