Meeting Trump-Merkel expected this week before the G20

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau German Chancellor Angela Merkel US President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni pose for a family

Angela Merkel's schedule is tight, especially on the eve of G20's opening in Hamburg but German Chancellor plans to meet with U.S. President on Thursday, prior to the G20 summit starting.

Representatives for the White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

She says they would likely have differences on other issues.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she expects the Group of 20 leading economies to broadly agree on tackling global terrorism at a summit in Hamburg later this week.

Trump is due to visit to Europe for the G20 summit this week and to take part in Bastille Day celebrations in France.

"I am very anxious by these changes (in United States foreign policy), and we can not expect quick changes".

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The White House said Trump also talked with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, as well as Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Trump "reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology", the White House said, and also "underscored that unity in the region is critical" to combating terrorism.

Earlier Sunday, about 10,000 people marched peacefully through Hamburg streets.

The gathering of the leaders from the world's 20 main economies will mark the first time Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have met since the U.S. presidential election.

The informal meeting will be attended by the BRICS leaders, who will hold their summit in September in Xiamen, south China.

Eberhard Sandschneider, a China expert at Berlin's Free University, said Merkel's main goal was to gather as many allies as possible on climate, trade and Africa before the G20 summit, describing the encounter as a pure "coordination meeting".

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