Swiss Prez to discuss trade pacts with PM Modi in Davos

Casey Dawson
January 21, 2018

"President Trump looks forward to having a bilateral meeting with UK prime minister May in Davos next week to further strengthen the US-UK Special Relationship", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Downing Street also confirmed the visit, saying the "bilateral meeting" would happen "in the margins" of the summit.

"Topics on the agenda of the working meeting (of President Berset) with Indian Prime Minister Modi on Monday include business and trade matters, particularly the ongoing negotiations on a BIPA and the envisaged free trade agreement between the EFTA and India", the Swiss government said.

The forum is expected to be held between January 23 and 26 and is set to attract 2,500 participants, including Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron and many more.

WEF 2018 will also see the largest ever proportion of women leaders including all co-chairs being women this time.

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It comes after Trump cancelled plans to open the new $1 billion US Embassy in London next month, BBC reported on Friday.

The US president reportedly also anticipated huge protests would follow him across the UK.

May's recent meetings with Trump have been at G7, G20 and the General Assembly of the United Nations UNGA, where the pair discussed the Syrian crisis, the fight against Islamic State and the threat from North Korea.

In a statement, Mr Khan said: "It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance".

Lithuania's Culture Minister Liana Ruokyte-Jonsson is on Saturday leaving for the Swiss resort of Davos to attend the European Cultural Heritage Conference and the World Economic Forum.

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