British Prime Minister Theresa May attends her first G20 summit and will attempt to mend ties with trading partners shaken by Britain’s vote to exit the European Union. Ashraf Fahim reports.
The stakes could hardly be higher for Theresa May as she makes her international debut at the G20 summit in China…. The British Prime Minister took office tasked with implementing Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Now she's trying to smooth over relations with allies like the US and Japan… and major trading partners like China. On the eve the summit, Japan warned of drastic consequences to investment in Britain. May and President Barack Obama put a positive spin on differences over the EU exit, which Obama strongly cautioned against. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "Today, we've discussed how to take forward consultations to ensure that the U.K. and the U.S. have the strongest possible trading relationship." (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "It was a wide-ranging conversation, but it began with the basic premise that even as the U.K. pursues an orderly exit from the EU, together we reaffirm the very special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. May has said that London will set out in the coming week how it plans to shape its relationship with the European Union after leaving the bloc. And she had a cordial meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin despite tense relations over Ukraine and Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "There are some complex and serious areas of concern and issues to discuss, I hope we will be able to have a frank and open relationship and dialogue." Putin signaled he wants a better relationship with the UK. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: (PART OVERLAID WITH SHOTS 4,6,7,8) "It is obvious to everyone that you and your team are facing very complex challenges, but everyone else is facing very difficult goals as well. I hope that we will be able to advance our bilateral relations to a higher level than they are at today." With G20 leaders expected to mount a strong defense of free trade and globalization in the wake of the Brexit vote… May could cut a lonely figure at her coming out party.