German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed fellow 20G leaders to compromise at the start of talks on climate and trade that have pitted US President Donald Trump against practically every other country in the club of leading economies. This was reported by Reuters.
The host of the G20 summit addressed her counterparts on Friday in a hall at the Hamburg convention center. Merkel was shown talking casually with Putin as the leaders entered the hall, then joining French President Emmanuel Macron in a three-way discussion with Trump, who was seated between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Britain's Theresa May.
"We all know the big global challenges and we know that time is pressing," Merkel told the group.
"And so solutions can only be found if we are ready for compromise and move toward each other, but without - and I stress this - bending too much, because of course we can also state clearly when there are differences."
Merkel, who is gearing up for a parliamentary election in September, faces the daunting task of steering the G20 toward a consensus on trade, climate change and migration - all issues that have become more contentious since Trump entered the White House half a year ago promising an "America First" approach.
Last month he pulled the United States out of a landmark international agreement aimed at combating climate change. And he is threatening to take punitive trade measures in the steel sector which would hit China, Germany, Canada and a host of other countries.
As it was reported earlier US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook the hands at the G20 summit.