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Trump To Meet British, Israeli Leaders During Davos Trip, Discuss Iran


A Forum's logo shines during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 23, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Swiss President Alain Berset, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame during his two-day trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

U.S. national security adviser H. R. McMaster said in Washington on January 23 that Trump will discuss North Korea, Syria, and the Iran nuclear deal with May. Trump has threatened to re-impose sanctions on Iran unless the signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal strengthen the agreement, which he has called "deeply flawed".

Trump and May have had a rocky first year since Trump took power.They have been unable to agree on an appropriate time for Trump to visit Britain. Earlier this month, he pulled out of a potential February trip for the opening of a new U.S. embassy in London.

This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited London and Paris where Iran related issues were a major topic of discussions. Reportedly a U.S.-European working group will convene to see how the nuclear agreement can be strengthened and what to do with Iran's ballistic missile program.

Iranian officials have categorically rejected any re-negotiation of the nuclear deal, insisting that is a whole and indivisible agreement.

His meeting with Netanyahu will be their first since Trump announced the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital last month.

Trump will fly to Davos overnight on January 24-25 and has a full day of meetings scheduled for January 25. He will host a dinner for European business leaders that day.

He will give a keynote address on January 26 before leaving for Washington later that day.

White House economics adviser Gary Cohn told journalists Trump's speech will encourage global business leaders to invest in the United States, while also stressing the administration's "America First" policies and the need for "fair economic competition."

"We are going to the World Economic Forum to share President Trump's economic story and to tell the world that America is open for business," Cohn said.

More than 1,000 people protested in Zurich on January 23 carrying banners with slogans such as "Trump not welcome."

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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