yYAXssKCQaUWZcXZ79RJTBLvo-c;SfREtjZ9NYeQnnVMC-CsZ9qN6L0 Finance, Economics, Globus, Brokers, Banks, Collateral-Oriano Mattei: Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations have met African heads of state on the second and last day of their summit in Sicily, amid continued disagreements on issues including climate change and Russia. Reports from the resort town of Taormina said on May 27 that in the final communique, six members of the G7 -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan -- will stick with their endorsement of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. However, the United States will be given more time to make a decision on the issue.......

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sabato 27 maggio 2017

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations have met African heads of state on the second and last day of their summit in Sicily, amid continued disagreements on issues including climate change and Russia. Reports from the resort town of Taormina said on May 27 that in the final communique, six members of the G7 -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan -- will stick with their endorsement of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. However, the United States will be given more time to make a decision on the issue.......

French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May (left to right) at the G7 summit in Sicily on May 26.


Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations have met African heads of state on the second and last day of their summit in Sicily, amid continued disagreements on issues including climate change and Russia.
Reports from the resort town of Taormina said on May 27 that in the final communique, six members of the G7 -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan -- will stick with their endorsement of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. However, the United States will be given more time to make a decision on the issue.
“I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord [on climate change] next week!” U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet. 
Sources at the summit were quoted as also saying that G7 members have still not agreed to joint language on the issues of trade and Russia.
"Clearly there is no agreement yet" regarding the issue of trade protectionism while, on Russia, leaders are negotiating wording on the possibility of additional action against Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine, a diplomat told dpa.
However, Reuters later reported that U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to include a pledge to fight protectionism in the final communique, as previous group statements have.
African Leaders Join Summit
Earlier on May 27, the leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, and Tunisia joined the G7 summit, along with representatives of the African Union, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, host of the meeting, said in opening remarks that the talks on Africa would focus on “the need for a partnership across all sectors,” with innovation and development “our core objective.”
In a speech, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger called on the G7 leaders to take urgent measures to end the chaos in Libya and criticized them for not keeping to aid promises to fight poverty in West Africa.
Italy chose to host the G7 summit in Sicily to draw attention to the African migrants who risk the crossing of the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe. More than half a million such migrants have landed in Italy since 2014.
U.S. President Donald Trump (left) speaks with the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, at the G7 summit.
U.S. President Donald Trump (left) speaks with the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, at the G7 summit.
On the first day of the summit, G7 leaders signed a joint statement calling on Internet service providers and social media companies to “substantially increase their efforts to address terrorist content." 
The leaders also vowed a joint effort to track down and prosecute foreign fighters from conflict areas such as Syria.
And they voiced solidarity with Britain after the May 22 suicide bombing in Manchester in which 22 people were killed, including many children. The extremist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.
There was also broad agreement on a number of foreign policy issues, including on Syria and North Korea.
On trade, an unnamed senior Italian diplomat said European Union states want a clear U.S. pledge "to fight all forms of protectionism." But they were struggling to convince the U.S. president of the merits of free trade.
Climate Policy On Hold
Gentiloni said climate policies remain “on hold" as Trump has still not decided whether to fulfill his vow to pull out of the Paris agreement.
Trump has previously threatened to pull out of the Paris accord, but White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said at the G7 summit that Trump's views on climate were "evolving." 
"He came here to learn and get smarter," Cohn told journalists. "He said: 'I would rather take my time and understand the issues and then get to the right decision on that.'"
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that Trump was urged by all the other leaders to back the Paris accord, adding that there was an "intensive" exchange of views.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said the G7 leaders made clear that Russia and Iran must push for a cease-fire in the six-year civil war in Syria. Moscow and Tehran support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the United States and Turkey support differing rebel groups.
May also said they agreed to put additional pressure on North Korea to halt its illegal ballistic-missile tests.
WATCH: G7 Leaders Stroll Through Taormina
Earlier, European Council President Donald Tusk had said the gathering would "no doubt" be "the most challenging G7 summit in years."
Some of the participants hold "very different positions on topics such as climate change and trade," Tusk said as he opened the summit.
Tusk also called on G7 leaders to maintain sanctions on Russia over its aggression in Ukraine.
"Since our last G7 summit in Japan, we haven't seen anything that would justify a change in our sanctions policy towards Russia," Tusk, who coordinates policy for the EU's 28 leaders, told reporters.
Since 2014, the EU and United States have maintained sanctions on Russia over its seizure of Crimea and its actions in eastern Ukraine, where a war between Russia-backed separatists and government forces has killed more than 9,900 people.
Tusk spoke a day after Cohn, Trump's economic adviser, indicated that Trump had not decided to extend the U.S. sanctions.
"I think the president is looking at it,” Cohn told reporters on Air Force One en route to Sicily for the summit. “Right now, we don’t have a position."
However, on May 26, Cohn came out strongly in favor of sanctions, saying, “We are not lowering our sanctions on Russia."
"If anything, we would probably look to get tougher on Russia," he told reporters.
The G7 summit is the last leg of Trump's first foreign trip since taking office in January -- a nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe.
After visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, Trump met Pope Francis in Rome on May 24 and held talks May 25 with the heads of the European Union and the NATO military alliance in Brussels.
In a tweet on May 26, Trump said his first trip abroad has been "very successful."
"Just arrived in Italy for the G7. Trip has been very successful. We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs."
However, a former U.S. State Department official, Ambassador Reuben Brigety, told RFE/RL on May 26 that Trump's first trip abroad had yet to articulate a positive view on how the United States would engage its traditional allies.
"The president's team have a lot of work to do when they get back to Washington to refashion American foreign policy in a coherent manner, on one that can be something that the rest of the world can depend on," Brigety, now the dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, said.
With reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, dpa, and the BBC

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