WWI Memorial: Leaders make peace the priority

Leaders make peace the priority – World – Chinadaily.com.cn

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrive to attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War I, at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, November 11, 2018.

World leaders gathered in Paris on a rainy Sunday morning to mark 100 years since the end of the World War I with a reminder not to repeat the mistakes of the past. The memorial marked the hour— 11 am on Nov 11, 1918—when the guns fell silent after more than four years of killing on the Western Front.

Macron warned against the rise of nationalism, saying “patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism”. “Old demons are resurfacing. History sometimes threatens to take its tragic course again and compromise our hope of peace. Let us vow to prioritize peace over everything,” he said.

The 40-year-old called on countries to join hands to fight challenges such as climate change, poverty, famine and inequality.

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