Macron, Xi discuss Ukraine war, global food crisis

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Xi’s Chinese counterpart Jinpingdiscussed today during a telephone conversation they had about the war in Ukraine and for global food crisis The French presidency announced after the talks that the two leaders had called for an immediate ceasefire.

“The two leaders reiterated their commitment to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” the French presidency said in a statement.

The statement said that Macron and Xi discussed the initiative of the French FARM (Mission for Food and Agriculture Sustainability) in response to the risk of a food crisis.

In the light of the severe restrictions imposed by Covid-19 on travel to China, Macron called on China to take into account the concerns of the French community there, in particular by maintaining air links with France, allowing traveling to airports and ensuring that children are not separated from their parents.

For his part, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned of controversy that would arise from the crisis in Ukraine.

The confrontation between the coalitions that will arise as a result of the crisis in Ukraine may become a greater and prolonged threat to world peace than the crisis itself, said today Chinese President Xi Jinping to his French counterpart, according to state media.

China has repeatedly warned European countries to pursue autonomous diplomacy instead of allying with the United States on what Beijing calls a “Cold War mentality.”

Xi Jinping, during a telephone conversation with French President Emanuel Macron, said that China believes that Europe should have full control over European security, Chinese state television reported.

Xi Jinping also said he hoped France would play a more active role in promoting China’s ties as France takes over the presidency of the European Union.

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