'Challenging' talks expected as Trump, other G7 leaders meet
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 23:30
Hosts Italy hope the luxurious, relaxed surroundings will give the rich-nation leaders a rare chance for wide-ranging debate on an array of worldwide issues, including Syria, North Korea and the global economy.
The build-up to the summit has seen even the terrorism issue, normally a unifying subject, sow division with Britain enraged that intelligence it shared with the United States in relation to the Manchester attack, including pictures of the bomb, was leaked to the New York Times and other U.S. media. They shared opinions on books, movies and favorite flowers - she said hers include orchids and peonies.
Climate change promises to be the most problematic issue for this summit, with delegations reporting no agreement on language just days ahead of the summit.
A Canadian government official with knowledge of the negotiations told the Canadian Press global trade and the Paris agreement on climate change - which Trump could back out of - remain major sticking points that will likely keep talks going through the night.
"We had a very good discussion about the importance of this issue of climate change and about how we address this issue of climate change", May said.
The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the U.S. and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017.
But the isolated regime has also threatened to target places further afield such as the US West Coast, and Trump has called North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-Un a "madman with nuclear weapons". German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives with her husband Joachim Sauer at San Domenico Palace Hotel, the venue of the annual G7 summit, in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017.
Around 7,000 security guards will patrol to streets of Taormina throughout the summit, while no one will be allowed to enter or exit without a specially issued, colour-coded photo ID.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also use the summit to underscore concerns over neighbouring North Korea, following its recent series of missile tests.
"Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith", Mr. Trump said.
Italy which has been struggling with the effects of the migrant crisis, chose to host the G7 to focus the group's attention on migration. "Italian presidency will try to ensure it is a useful one, capable of bringing the different positions closer together".
As G-7 leaders gathered in Sicily, Fichtner says Germany is "lobbying at all levels right now for the U.S.to remain in the Paris Agreement" on fighting climate change.
The leaders of Tunisia, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria and Kenya will join the discussions on Saturday to say what should be done to encourage investment and innovation on their continent.
Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, is a key player in several global dossiers, including Syria, North Korea and Libya.