G7 leaders turn gaze to Africa, climate harmony elusive

Elizabeth Williams
May 27, 2017

Kushner and his wife, Trump's daughter Ivanka, have returned to Washington after accompanying the president for the first part of his first foreign tour.

The two leaders also found common ground on terrorism, following the attack on a pop concert in Manchester that killed 22 people.

U.S. President Donald Trump says terrorism and North Korea are top items on the agenda for the leaders' summit of the Group of Seven nations, which began Friday on Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island.

The conference comes after the U.S. president accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending enough on defence and Germany of having "very bad" trade policies.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk will be representing the European Union at the summit.

"He did not say the Germans were behaving bad". The meeting with Merkel came just a day after Trump reportedly called Germans "bad". The President's daughter Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser, has advocated for remaining in.

Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn said Trump's views on climate were "evolving" and that he would ultimately do what was best for the US. Lots of very important matters under discussion.

There are four new leaders, including Trump, at the summit this year.

But Trump said his administration is still reviewing the U.S. position, and has not yet decided whether or not to endorse the Paris deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sessions vows to stop leaks about Manchester attack
The official threat level was raised late on Tuesday to its highest level, " critical ", meaning an attack is expected imminently. The BBC said Manchester police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but were furious about the leaks.

Tillerson will talk to Iran's foreign minister 'at the right time'
Rouhani also criticized a me. "They are there to encourage Sunni Saudi Arabia's thirst for war against Shia Iran and its allies". President Zuma extended his congratulations and best wishes to President Rouhani and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Palestinians injured during rallies for prisoners
The clashes come days before President Trump arrives in the region, where he will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Barghouti, imprisoned since 2002, has refused to recognize the court's jurisdiction and did not mount a defense.

For Trump, who touched down at a U.S. military airbase near the summit venue late Thursday, the talks will be the final leg of his first presidential foray overseas.

U.S. President Donald Trump has pushed back against earlier such statements and has argued trade must be "balanced and fair" as well as free.

The gruelling week-long trip briefly diverted attention from domestic concerns focused on alleged campaign collusion with Russian Federation. The EU and United States under Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Moscow over its 2014 annexation of Crimea and fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russia rebels.

Trump has largely stuck to script and kept his tweeting to a minimum on a trip which has taken him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, the Vatican and Brussels. So there was a lot to talk about and, for the other six leaders, significant persuading to do.

He will also face pressure over his skepticism on climate change that has put him at odds with other leaders.

"Trump, Cohn added, had noted that "his dad is from Germany" and said: "'I don't have a problem Germany.

"If we do it right climate protection and growth go hand in hand - and then it is not really important if it is a man-made problem or not", said the German source.

The heads of state are expected to reach consensus on a measure endorsing further moves to battle terrorism, though they will probably end up struggling to reach agreement on issues such as climate change or trade.

The threat posed by North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un will also make the rounds as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared he would bring up his concerns.

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