French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned US President Donald Trump's goal to destabilise EU.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Friday in an interview with the France-based BFMTV channel siad that the EU will fight US President Donald Trump's efforts to destabilise it.

French Foreign Minister added that Trump intends to derail international cooperation.

"Trump only believes in conflict relationships and is trying to destroy multilateral efforts to encourage trade, fight climate change and Iran’s nuclear activities", Jean-Yves Le Drian concluded.

The development came as a major trade conflict between the US and its European allies has escalated since March after Washington imposed a 25-percent tariff on steel imports and a 10-percent tariff on aluminum imports from EU member nations.

Although the tariffs on Canada, Mexico, the European Union, and several other allied nations were initially suspended, Washington removed the exemption on May 31, after the trading partners refused to engage in negotiations over the matter with the Americans.

This is while the French government announced in April that it was against engaging in talks on customs duties with Washington after the US administration announced that the formerly introduced aluminum and steel tariffs would be temporarily deferred for EU member nations.

A few month ago, Donald Trump suggested to Emmanuel Macron that he pull France out of the European Union in return for a bilateral trade deal.

The offer, aimed at destroying the Europe alliance, was reported to have been made during a private meeting when Macron visited the White House at the end of April.

 

Jul 14, 2018 09:20 Asia/Tehran
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