Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Donald Trump satisfied with G7 defence of free trade agreement

Donald Trump satisfied with G7 defence of free trade agreement

In their final communique from the summit, the G7 leaders noted they had failed to settle differences over climate change with Trump.

"Sanctions can be rolled back when Russian Federation meets its commitments".

The clashes dominated conversations in and around the summit after the first day wrapped up Friday, with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all singling out, with varying degrees of intensity, the USA for getting in the way. "We do not disguise this division". He thought it was a very constructive, very warm conversation with them.

President Donald Trump arrives for a family photo at the G-7 Summit expanded session in Taormina, Sicily, Italy May 27, 2017.

On Saturday, the president tweeted saying he would make a decision next week on whether to support the climate deal.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", she told reporters. "Exploiting the flexibility of the Paris Agreement to reduce our commitment, or even pulling us out, would be a disaster for the United States, provoking worldwide blowback, harming our global leadership role, and threatening the health and safety of all families in this country".

More concisely, Alex Doukas, senior campaigner at Oil Change International, said: "even though Donald Trump threw a tantrum, the grown-ups in the room ignored him". The agreement keeps a provision from early meetings in the face of a new approach from President Donald Trump, who has insisted trade must be fair as well as free.

It was unclear whether those meetings would still take place.

Anti-India protests hit Kashmir after top rebel is killed
One person was killed and 40 others were injured in violent clashes between the stone-pelters and security forces on Saturday. Heavy deployment of security forces was made in the old city areas of Srinagar to prevent violence.

Meeting in a luxury hotel overlooking the Mediterranean sea, hosts Italy had hoped that the summit would focus on Europe's migration crisis and the problems of Africa.

But it also jibes with talk about Trudeau, who now has the third-most seniority at the G7 table despite this being only his second summit, having helped to find consensus between the leaders, including on the thorny issues of protectionism and the Paris Agreement.

"In this context, we all agree on the importance of supporting developing countries".

It is a measure of the gulf that the Italians say they expect the final statement to come in at just six pages when it is released on Saturday afternoon - down from 32 pages previous year.

Security questions dominated discussions on Friday, with the leaders vowing to work harder to combat terrorism and calling on internet providers and social media firms to "substantially increase" efforts to rein in extremist content.

In Saudi Arabia, Trump called on the leaders of Muslim countries to shoulder more of the weight of the fight against terrorist groups like ISIS - matching his calls on the campaign for Muslim countries to shoulder more of the financial and military burden of the fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Trump ended his nine-day trip with a speech to United States troops in Sicily, where he recounted his visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and Italy and his work to counter terrorism.

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