UN chief seeks early meeting with France's Macron

2017-05-09 06:17
UN chief Antonio Guterres. (Seth Wenig, AP)

UN chief Antonio Guterres. (Seth Wenig, AP)

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New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his election victory and says he hopes to meet the French president-elect soon.

Macron's election was welcome news at the United Nations as it battles to ward off plans from US President Donald Trump to cut funding to the world organisation.

France is a "highly-valued partner of this organisation" and the agenda for a first meeting would include climate change, the fight against terrorism and peacekeeping among others, said spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.

Guterres is planning to write a letter to Macron to propose a meeting "in the very near future," said Dujarric.

"We look forward to rapid engagement," he added.

Macron, who defeated far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a runoff on Sunday, campaigned on a pledge to defend the Paris climate deal on combating global warming.

The Trump administration is expected to decide in the coming weeks on whether to withdraw from the agreement signed by 175 countries at the UN last year.

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