Donald Trump shared a joke with Mohammed Bin Salman while working with other world leaders at the G20 summit to create a & # 39; family photo & # 39; drafted.
The 20 heads of state and some of their partners posed for Osaka Castle on Friday morning for a banquet organized by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
Bin Salman was depicted as an embrace of a number of world leaders who condemned him last year about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.
The Saudi crown prince has been viewed with increasing criticism since the murder of Khashoggi after the CIA reportedly decided that he had ordered the murder.
It was the second show of friendship between Trump and Bin Salman.
On a photo opportunity earlier in the day, Trump and MBS were able to share the conversation while world leaders gathered on a single stage for the traditional photo op.
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Trump shares a joke with crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman while standing in line for the evening photo call on Friday
Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman sets off for President Donald Trump as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the second from the right and his wife, Akie Abe, come together for a group photo at Osaka Castle
Before a dinner was held behind closed doors on Friday, world leaders and their wives went out to pose for more photos.
Trump (front right) talks with French president Emmanuel Macron while other world leaders took their places on Friday night. The Argentinian president Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada are just behind it
Trump kissed Brigitte Macron, wife of French president Emmanuel Macron, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife Akie Abe, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived for a group photo at Osaka Castle
Japan & Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe take their place while Trump and MBS chat nearby during the photo call
Photocall Trump was seen during the evening when she kissed Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel, on the cheek while they stood in line for the photos.
Trump set a conciliatory tone with fellow world leaders at one of the G20 meetings with the highest commitment in years, despite deep divisions over trade and climate change.
Host Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, called for unity among the bickering world leaders at the start of Japan & # 39; s new era of & # 39; Reiwa & # 39; or & # 39; nice harmony & # 39 ;, where the long-term trade noise between China and the United States threatened to overshadow the shadows. event.
Trump entered the room for the Osaka event, where he walked alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and left a storage room after many other leaders had gathered. The two men walked and talked, and Putin gave Trump a light pat on the back when they said goodbye to the event.
The two leaders met for the first time since the publication of the Mueller report.
And when asked if he would warn Russia not to interfere in the next election, Trump was smiling a little, pointing Putin wisely and saying dryly: & Please don't participate in the election.
Donald J. Trump clinking glasses with Russian President Vladimir Putin as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sits in between them at the leader's dinner
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi take a selfie together during dinner
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Putin was sitting next to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) during the leader's dinner
Trump (left) gives hand to the crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia during the family photo of the leaders
Trump extends his hand to the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on the & # 39; family photo & # 39; at the G20 summit in Japan
Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin ran a & # 39; family photo & # 39; session after many other leaders had gathered. The two leaders met for the first time since the publication of the Mueller report
Left: Trump passes Bin Salman as they gather for the meeting. Right: Bin Salman laughs as he takes his place for the leader's photo
President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia & # 39; s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a photo session with other leaders and attendees at the top of the G20 leaders
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with US President Donald Trump for the family photo of world leaders
Saudi Arabia & # 39; s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laughs as Russia's Vladimir Putin raises his eyebrows during a chat at the general assembly
The Saudi and Russian leaders laugh together as they greet each other for the general summit on Friday
The leaders of the G20 – the countries with the largest and fastest growing economies – meet in Osaka, Japan. First row: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, French President Emmanuel Macron, President Joko Widodo, President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Salman, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, (Second) Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, British Prime Minister Theresa May, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, President of the European Union of the European Council Donald Tusk, Senegal President Macky Sall, President of Chile Sebastian Pinera and the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, and the invitees of the third row
Trump on Friday greeted his & # 39; very, very good relationship & # 39; with Russian President Putin when the two leaders held discussions in the margins of the G20 meeting.
& # 39; It is a great honor to be with President Putin & # 39 ;, said Trump, who last had personal talks with the Russian leader in Helsinki in July.
& # 39; For once I used this jet lag to read the communiqué that I don't normally do. I am not the only one in this room who does not read the communiqué. Nobody actually reads the communiqué. & # 39; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
& # 39; Don't expect white smoke here in Osaka. Smoking is prohibited everywhere here. I have no idea how you will survive, Jean-Claude! & # 39; EU President Donald Tusk makes jokes, referring to the famous heavy smoking of the Juncker and the white smoke of the Vatican.
& # 39; It is important to note that they have some honest dinkum issues that they are trying to resolve. & # 39; Prime Minister Scott Morrison talks about the trade war between the US and China with a term that often heads outside Australia.
& # 39; Do not shun the election, President, do not interfere. & # 39; A finger-wielding, tongue-in-cheek Trump to Putin.
& # 39; The G20 meeting takes place in a moment of high tension, high political tension. We have global warming, but we also have global political warming. & # 39; UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
& # 39; She is a fantastic person, a fantastic woman. & # 39; Trump refers to Merkel.
& # 39; Today things are not made in China, nor in the United States. They are made worldwide, & # 39; said French president Emmanuel Macron, who even switched to the last word in English.
& # 39; He is a special man who is doing very well, very loved by the people of Brazil. & # 39; A radiant Trump talking about the & # 39; Trump of the Tropics & # 39 ;, Bolsonaro.
Mr Putin was much more opposed to Theresa May when he later met with the Prime Minister, who expected to take responsibility for Sergei Skripal's nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury last year and told Novichok to transfer murderers sent by Russian able to kill their former agent.
For the photo, Trump was in the front row, where he was flanked by the crown prince and Turkish president Recip Erdogan. Immediately behind them was British Prime Minister Theresa May.
And as the leaders entered the first session, French President Emmanuel Macron leaned down to whisper something in Trump & # 39; s ear, covering his mouth for his privacy.
Trump holds bilateral meetings with the crown prince, known as MBS, as well as Putin. He said before the trip that he was allowed to issue the issue of Russia's election interference & # 39; to mention.
This year's G20 is seen as one of the most important in modern times, because rows are brewing over a bleeding American-Chinese trade war and climate change, despite a more conciliatory tone from Donald Trump.
After lashing out at a friend and foe on his way to Osaka in western Japan for the encounter, Trump appeared in a less combative mood when he met other world leaders face-to-face.
Fresh from describing traditionally close to the American allies Germany as & # 39; delinquent & # 39; because they did not pay enough in the NATO budget, he was exuberant when meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
& # 39; She is a fantastic person, a fantastic woman and I am happy to have her as a friend, & # 39; he said.
It only comes 24 hours after Merkel was filmed for the second time in Thursday in just over a week during a public screening.
The arms and body of the 64-year-old Chancellor were noticeably shaky when they met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Despite the worrying incident, the Merkel team said they & # 39; excellent & # 39; and that there would be no change in her G20 agreements.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro laughs when he greeted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Osaka on Friday
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the first day of the G20 summit
The Saudi crown prince (left), the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and the Argentine president Mauricio Macri are sitting in front of the columns of their staff during the meeting today
French president Emmanuel Macron cracked open a water bottle with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on his right and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman
President Trump and Prime Minister Abe invited the married couple to pose for a photo during their meeting
Trump – never shortly before animation – reacts to something while his daughter passes by to take a seat. On the back, trade minister Wilbur Ross, finance minister Steven Mnuchin and state secretary Mike Pompeo
French President Emmanuel Macron (left) points to something besides President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
French president Emmanuel Macron knocked on Trump while the trio, including Shinzo Abe, shared a joke at the general assembly
MBS is greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the host of the conference, when he showed up for the opening ceremony
Russia's president Vladimir Putin also joined the event. On the photo: the Russian president and Shinzo Abe shake hands on the red carpet
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L-front) welcomed at Kansai International Airport prior to the G20 summit in 2019
Donald Trump shares some warm words with Theresa May, who is attending her last G20 before leaving office in July
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with US President Donald Trump during a meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a & # 39; family photo & # 39;
President Trump praised Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who approved the re-election of Trump at a G20 bilateral meeting in Japan
President Donald Trump meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting on the fringes of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019
British Prime Minister Theresa May looked more solemn than her American counterpart when she shook hands with the Russian president later on Friday
& # 39; Don't get involved in the elections & # 39 ;: Trump's ironic remark to Putin
President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin not to interfere in the elections – with a smile.
The president was asked at the top of a G20 meeting in Japan on Friday if he would tell the Russian president not to interfere in the 2020 elections – as the Mueller report concludes that Russia did in 2016.
& # 39; Yes, of course I will, & # 39; Trump replied. & # 39; Please do not participate in the elections, please, & # 39; Trump said to Putin, staring at the leader of Moscow, amid the bustle in a room full of journalists and dignitaries.
After meeting with Putin, Trump told reporters: & # 39; We have had great meetings. We have had a very good relationship. And we look forward to spending a lot of fun together.
& # 39; A lot of positive things come out of the relationship. So Vladimir, thank you very much, & T 39 said.
The two men sat side by side with a flower arrangement.
Putin only spoke broadly in short comments, and spoke in Russian through a translator.
& # 39; We have not seen each other since the Helsinki meeting & # 39 ;, Putin noted, referring to their summit where Trump took warmth in his own country to say that he accepted Putin's denial of election interference – is contradicted by the assessment by the US intelligence service.
There was an earlier show of camaraderie, as the two men chatted on their way to a & # 39; family photo & # 39; on the top.
Trump gently patted Putin on the back on the way to the event, where he stood next to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened the G20 meeting, which will be dominated by controversial discussions on trade, geopolitical tensions and climate change.
Trump greeted Abe because he & # 39; many car companies & # 39; sent to the United States, apparently supported by a document that Abe gave him to invest in the US.
& # 39; I see they build many of the big Japanese car companies in the United States, & # 39; said Trump.
The CIA has concluded that the Crown Prince has ordered the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashogg
Toyota has American plants in Mississippi, Kentucky, Texas, Indiana and Alabama, while Honda has a large plant in Marysville, Ohio.
He started his first meeting of the summit with an ice breaker, recalling his recent trip to Japan, where he awarded a new & # 39; President & # 39; s Cup & # 39; trophy to a Japanese sumo-sumo wrestling champion.
Trump said it's something everyone's talking about. They show everyone around the world is talking about it, & he said.
Only two days earlier did he seem to doubt the American-Japanese alliance and said Washington is committed to protecting Japan, but if America was attacked, the Japanese could just watch it on a Sony TV & # 39 ;
During the opening of the meeting, world leaders forced each other and greeted each other during the family photo with French President Emmanuel Macron and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, whispering extensively in Trump's ear.
The mood seemed friendly in the opening minutes, with a smile on the faces of the upcoming leaders who were posing for the traditional & # 39; family photo & # 39 ;.
Trump and Xi Jinping exchanged a handshake for the photo.
The Saudi crown prince smiled and exchanged greetings with Putin as the leaders took their positions. Chinese President Xi Jinping greeted Trump. The couple will meet at the summit later.
After the photo session, the leaders gathered for a plenary work lunch.
The CIA concluded that MBS ordered the murder, which was carried out by Saudi officials at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, according to the Post.
The first meeting of the G20 member states' delegation leaders, invited guests and international organizations
The Russian president (arrived in Japan today) criticized Western views on gay rights, immigration and multiculturalism – which he claimed to be an attack on & # 39; traditional family values & # 39;
President Donald Trump, left, speaks with Saudi Arabia & # 39; s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a family photo session at the G-20 leader summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019
Donald Trump meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday morning. Only 24 hours before the conference was to begin, Mrs. Merkel was filmed during a public engagement
Leaders and officials from different G20 countries sit during the opening phases of the top round table discussions
Theresa May walks the red carpet during the event. She used the conference to blow Russia because of the use of cyber attacks and disinformation
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe checks his watch during the summit. Abe wanted to bridge differences and emphasize the two ties between Japan and the US after Trump struck the security relationship of the allies the day before
Donald Trump gestures to Russian President Vladimir Putin as they sat on the sidelines of the summit to talk. Trump later joked & # 39; no interference in our elections & # 39; during the meeting
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron embrace during their meeting at the summit
Trump has expressed the desire to continue the incident and focus on other matters in the relationship, with an emphasis on Saudi purchases of US military equipment.
& # 39; I think it has been heavily researched … by everyone, & # 39; Trump told NBC in a & # 39; Meet the Press & # 39; interview on Sunday.
& # 39; Saudi Arabia is a major buyer of (American) products. That means something to me. It is a major producer of jobs, Trump said. He said the murder & # 39; did not occur & # 39; during a telephone conversation this month.
The Saudi's blamed the killing of a fraudulent operation.
Last night Putin said that liberal governments had ignored their people in their pursuit of multiculturalism and tolerance of homosexuals. He said: & # 39; I am not trying to offend anyone because we have been convicted of our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT people. God forbid, let them live the way they want.
& # 39; But some things seem exaggerated. They now claim that children can play five or six gender roles. Let everyone be happy, we have no problem with that.
& # 39; But this should not overshadow the culture, traditions, and traditional family values of millions of people who are part of the core population. & # 39;
Mr. Putin said that the threat of a new nuclear arms race between Russia and the US was a concern, and added: & # 39; The Cold War was a bad thing … but there were at least some rules which all participants in international communication more or less met or tried to follow. & # 39;
Rebukes are piling up elsewhere for Saudi crown prince while enjoying the G-20 summit in Osaka
For many, he is an international pariah, but you would not know because of the lavish reception that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman received at the G-20 summit this week.
He beamed when he was in the front and in the middle between US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for a group photo on Friday. He exchanged a mischievous grin while sitting next to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He posed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and a group of waving children prior to an earlier signing ceremony for $ 8 billion in deals.
Even if rebukes settle elsewhere – a UN expert has called for an investigation into his alleged role in assassinating a prominent journalist, and a growing number of Americans question their nation's support for its kingdom and its role in the war in Yemen – Some leaders in Osaka have done their best to make the prince feel comfortable.
Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia & # 39; s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a photo session at the G20 Summit in Osaka on Friday
There is another day of the summit, which ends Saturday, and it is not yet clear whether a leader here has expressed concern about human rights or the killing last October of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who columns the Saudi heir into columns for The Washington Post had criticized.
But the first day of the summit set a special tone.
These controversial meetings can often have a club-like appearance, with well-dressed leaders walking around and talking – sometimes intense, sometimes pleasant – before and after the photo shoots and public statements. In the absence of many details about what happens behind closed doors, observers are forced to spend a lot of time analyzing body language. And at least when the cameras were rolling, that language was overwhelmingly positive for the prince.
In addition to standing next to Trump in the middle of the first row for the first group photo, the prince sat next to the host of the summit, Abe, at the official opening ceremony.
Bin Salman was confronted last year with criticism of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey
While the prince – easily one of the highest leaders, and striking in his flowing, single-length robes – walked from meeting to meeting, or wandered among the other leaders before the ceremonies of the meeting, he seemed perfectly at ease, often blinking a broad smile and the exchange of courtesies.
Trump, who had long been unwilling to rebuke authoritarian leaders for human rights violations, sometimes seemed to avoid prince Mohammed.
De Amerikaanse president ziet een hechte relatie met Saoedi-Arabië als een pijler naar de strategie van het Washington in het Midden-Oosten om Iran tegen te gaan. Trump heeft Khashoggi's moord afgewezen en gezegd dat het al is onderzocht. Een Saudische belofte om miljarden dollars te spenderen aan Amerikaanse militaire uitrusting, zei Trump, betekent iets voor mij.
Na een maandenlang onderzoek, zei Agnes Callamard, de speciale VN-rapporteur voor buitengerechtelijke, samenvattingen of willekeurige executies, onlangs dat Khashoggi het slachtoffer was van een 'opzettelijke, met voorbedachte rade uitgevoerde executie, een buitengerechtelijke moord waarvoor de staat Saoedi-Arabië Arabia is verantwoordelijk. & # 39;
Saudi-Arabië ontkent dat de 33-jarige kroonprins enige kennis had van de moord op Khashoggi. Het koninkrijk heeft 11 verdachten berecht, van wie sommigen rechtstreeks voor de prins werkten. Maar zijn naaste voormalige adviseur, Saud al-Qahtani, die na de moord door de Verenigde Staten was gesanctioneerd, behoort niet tot degenen die terechtstaan.
Zakelijke zorgen kunnen deze week het warme welkom van Prins Mohammed gekleurd hebben.
Neem bijvoorbeeld Zuid-Korea. In Seoul vóór de top ondertekenden Saoedi-Arabië en Zuid-Korea tien memorandums van overeenstemming en contracten die volgens het presidentiële kantoor van Seoul 8,3 miljard dollar waard zouden zijn. Moon, de president, organiseerde een lunch in zijn landhuis waar enkele van de machtigste zakenlieden van Zuid-Korea aanwezig waren.
Zuid-Korea haalt meer dan 70% van zijn ruwe olie uit het Midden-Oosten. Seoul is 's werelds vijfde grootste importeur van ruwe olie en Saoedi-Arabië is zijn grootste leverancier. Prince Mohammed, during his meetings with Moon, promised to help with possible fuel shortages in case of supply disruptions caused by Middle East turmoil.
Not everyone was happy about his reception.
Some South Koreans criticized the country's two major English newspapers – The Korea Herald and The Korea Times – for using their front pages Wednesday to publish identical full-page ads by S-Oil, a South Korean oil refining company that is a subsidiary of the giant Saudi oil company Aramco. The ads printed the national flags of Saudi Arabia and South Korea side by side and contained the message, 'We welcome HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minster, Minister of Defense.'
There was also criticism of a massive photo of the prince unfurled on the Seoul headquarters of S-Oil.
The worries about the abuse claims may not resonate in the G-20 meetings. But there's mounting concern about the ties between the kingdom and the many Western nations that have relied on its natural resources and political position.
In a recent opinion piece in The New York Times, David Wearing, the author of 'AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain,' said strategic bonds between Saudi Arabia and the Atlantic powers may survive, 'but the existential threats are now plain to see, and if anyone in Riyadh, Washington or London has a serious plan to preserve the status quo, they are keeping it a closely guarded secret.'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage on the side of the G20 summit
Trump and Abe shaking hands. The President used the conference to thank Japan for 'sending many auto companies into Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania, North Carolina and a lot of our states'
Trump and Putin shake hands during their meeting. Their only prior meeting was a controversial event in Helskini which Putin was said to have come out on top from
Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with President Donald Trump as the two world leaders take their places for the group photo in the front row
& # 39; Do not meddle & # 39 ;, Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin when asked about election interference at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019
& # 39; Do not meddle & # 39 ;, Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin when asked about election interference at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019
Theresa May, pictured arriving in Osaka this morning, will today tell Vladimir Putin to hand over the two agents who carried out the Salisbury chemical attack
Mrs May will hold meetings with several world leaders during her final G20 meeting as UK PM
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and France's President Emmanuel Macron sit down for the first of many round table meetings at the summit
Saudi Arabia & # 39; s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russia's President Vladimir Putin participate in a meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Ivanka Trump, adviser to the US President at the International Exhibition Center
President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, a White House adviser, have joined The Donald on the trip to Japan
Shinzo Abe & # 39; s wife Akie Abe (front center) poses with partners of the G20 leaders for a family photo at the summit on Friday
The wives of the heads of state take their place at the hall as the queue to pose for official photos prior to the procedure
The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan & # 39; s wife Emine Erdogan and the French first lady Brigitte Macron were the women of the leaders who posed in the photos.
Trade and horse-trade: Top five hot-button G20 issues
World trade, geopolitical hotspots and even cow trade compared to the best EU jobs: G20 leaders have a lot to eat when they meet in Osaka on Friday.
These are some of the most urgent issues that leaders face during the two-day meeting, where decisive action is likely to take place mainly on the sidelines.
'Tariffs and trade'
All eyes will be on whether the US and China, & # 39; the world's top two economies, can bury the hatchet in their protracted trade war that causes headwinds for an already fragile world economy.
The two leaders, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, will hold talks on the sidelines of the Osaka summit, their first personal meeting since December at the last G20 in Argentina.
Experts are skeptical that a definitive deal will be concluded in Japan, but many believe they can agree on a tariff file and a new deadline for a definitive agreement.
In the larger G20 meeting, trade will also be a major conflict, with battles likely to be related to the wording of the final statement – if the leaders can agree.
A G20 finance ministers who met earlier this month noted in a communiqué that trade tensions had been & # 39; intensified & # 39; and that the risks & # 39; s & # 39; were turned downwards & # 39; but even this claim lasted 30 hours in a violent quarrel.
Letter from Pyongyang
Relations between the United States and North Korea have been in the freezer since a February summit in Hanoi could not make progress with the Pyongyang nuclear program.
But a recent correspondence between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has raised hope that a third summit could be on the table and the US president travels to South Korea right after the G20.
Xi arrives in Osaka fresh from his first visit to Pyongyang and observers expect that he can pass on a message from Kim to breathe new life into diplomatic activities.
Iranian powder keg
With important regional players such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia, rising tensions with Iran are certainly a popular topic of conversation.
The G20 host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tried to play a mediation role with a historic trip to Tehran, but this was overshadowed by two attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman accusing Washington of Iran.
At the last minute, Trump called off a planned military retribution for the downing of an unmanned American drone, saying that the estimated death toll of 150 was disproportionate.
And on Friday, he said there was no rush to calm tensions with Iran.
& # 39; Hopefully it will work out in the end, & # 39; he added.
EU President Donald Tusk warned that the tensions were a & # 39; serious concern & # 39; and urged Iran to abide by a nuclear deal despite Washington's decision to withdraw.
Climate change wrangling
Hosts Japan hope to reach consensus on the increasingly controversial topic of action against climate change.
But they will struggle to unite European leaders, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, who has said he wants to see ambitious language for action on climate change, and Trump, who is planning to withdraw Washington from the Paris climate agreement .
Macron said that a reference to the Paris deal on reducing emissions is a & # 39; red line & # 39; and that a German government source admits that negotiations & # 39; are particularly difficult this year & # 39; to be.
In last year's G20 communiqué, all members except the US saw the deal with Paris as & # 39; irreversible & # 39; with Washington inserting a rule repeating his commitment to withdraw from the deal.
Following the disagreement between the European Commission's successor, President Jean-Claude Juncker at a summit on Friday, EU leaders set the stage for a special meeting in Brussels on 30 June.
But Tusk confirmed on Friday that talks would continue with top EU leaders at the G20, adding that he had & # 39; 12 or 13 phone calls & # 39; with other EU players.
& # 39; What I feel is that we are closer to the solution, but still too far away to say anything more concrete today. & # 39;