(AP) – President Donald Trump is meeting Argentine President Mauricio Macri as he kicks off two days of diplomacy at the G-20 meeting.
The leaders greeted each other warmly Friday as the annual meeting of leaders from rich and developing nations opened in Buenos Aires. Trump spoke about his longtime personal friendship with Macri and said they would discuss trade, military purchases and other issues.
Macri is hosting his counterparts as he struggles with a raft of domestic issues, including trying to halt economic turmoil that has caused the steep depreciation of the Argentine peso.
Trump and Macri enjoy a personal relationship dating back to their days as businessman.
Macri visited the White House soon after Trump took office in 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Argentina’s capital for the Group of 20 summit, where a highly anticipated meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump was abruptly called off.
Putin’s plane landed Friday morning in Buenos Aires and he was greeted by officials on the tarmac.
Trump tweeted on Thursday that he was canceling the one-on-one with Putin because of Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels near the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.
A Putin spokesman said the cancellation meant the Russian president would have more time for “useful meetings.”