The European Union and the United States come together in Washington but are to steer clear of a strong message on climate change and curbing greenhouse gases. The summit will instead focus on easing the strained relationship between the two.
EU Vice President Margot Wallstrom; “This is not the summit to go into details on exactly all of the issues that we both have in common and where we might diverge on climate change; but rather what is the new initiative for this summit and that is the economic partnership.”
Together the EU and the US represent 40 percent of all world trade and generate 60 per cent world growth. But business barriers remain – something both sides of the Atlantic agree on removing. International issues – such as Iran’s nuclear program will also be on the agenda – with the way the sides confront the threat is likely to be a thorny issue.
The US wants the EU to end 7.5 billion euros worth of credit guarantees with Iran. Meanwhile, Iran has announced that it is to participate in US-Iraqi talks this week on stabilising Iraq.