Tuesday, 21 January 2020 13:52

The 50th World Economic Forum has kicked off in the Swiss city of Davos, with an agenda that is focused heavily on climate change, as world leaders struggle to tackle the crisis. 

The four-day annual gathering of some of the world's top political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps is seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and the economy from global warming.

US President Donald Trump,who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, lauded the US economy in his keynote address this morning,hours before his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington, DC.

He told business and political leaders in the mountain resort that America's economic turnaround had been "nothing short of spectacular".

Meanwhile Middle Eastern issues are also on Trump's agenda, as he is set to meet Iraqi President Barham Salih, the president of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Trump decided to attend the summit on a day "when there is so much going on in Washington".

"There was lots of speculation that he would cancel at the last minute but he didn't," according to Aljazeera.

Trump has become the third president in United States history to face an impeachment trial in the Senate.

The House of Representatives voted last week to forward two articles of impeachment against Trump for abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress for his refusal to participate in the impeachment inquiry.

 

Source: News Agency and Aljazeera.