On issues, G7 ministers seek common ground amid discord

Ministers from the Group of Seven economies piled up a meeting in the seaside resort of Dinardwhere they sought to find common ground on a range of challenges that were contentious and place the groundwork for August’s G-7 summit in Biarritz.

Diplomats in the G-7 nations — the United States of America, France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy and also the U.K., walked side-by-side at the new Brittany air to work with a united front before a working lunch. They hoped to agree on a statement that impacts on thorny issues like the Middle East, medication trafficking,” Africa’s distressed Sahel area, cybercrime and sexual abuse against girls from conflict zones, particularly in Africa.

A European Union official voiced”regret” the joint statement contained what she thinks are many glaring omissions, such as”no reference to a two-state solution” from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and”no reference” of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution in favor of the Iran Nuclear deal.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn’t permitted to talk to press ahead of the record’s formal announcement.

Disagreement over the announcement might set the stage to possible tensions at a G-7 summit scheduled for Aug. 25-27. Last June, U.S. President Donald Trump roiled the G-7 assembly in Canada by first agreeing to a set statement on trade simply to withdraw support in the slightest. Trump caused disarray having an extraordinary set of tweets. 

U.S. officials said issues of discord were to the schedule in the talks led by the host, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain.

Guaido has turned into an worldwide effort to overthrow Venezuela’s president’s government deepening unrest in the nation, that has been plagued by a month of power outages.

Washington appears to be over its position over the crisis-hit South American country, being the sole G-7 member country to never back the resistance leader.

Even the U.S. and Canada have chased a pro-active stance on expanding support for Guaidó, according to French officials. But there has been widespread alarm before this week after he had been stripped of immunity by Maduro loyalists.

“We are still of the view that free elections should take place throughout which Venezuelans can decide themselves who will lead the nation.”

Italy has also irked EU and also U.S. allies by getting the very first G-7 member to register up to a contentious Chinese strategy to build a Silk Road-style international trade network, the trillion-dollar Belt along with Road Initiative.


Masha Macpherson contributed to this report.