G-7 leaders back stronger fight against terror


The tensions took place when anarchists, communists and other anti-global protesters held a demonstration after the Group of Seven summit in Taormina, Sicily.

A leisure pause is scheduled in the evening, when G7 leaders enjoy a concert by Milan's renowned Scala Philharmonic Orchestra in the ancient theatre overseeing the bay of Taormina.

"The two leaders also discussed a range of issues of mutual interest, including global security", said the statement.

Numerous protesters carried flags or wore bandanas over their faces with the hammer and sickle symbol, a communist symbol. A top White House adviser said the president's views were evolving on the issue, but Trump wasn't immediately swayed by arguments from Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, France's President Emmanuel Macron and others to honor the Paris Agreement, brokered in 2015 by nearly 200 nations to slash fossil fuel emissions and boost funding to ease impacts of global warming.

Backing out of the climate accord had been a central plank of Trump's campaign. In a dig at Trump, he invited American climate scientists who felt alienated by the Republican administration to come to France to work. Macron won the French presidency on May 7.

"The threat has entered a new stage (as North Korea tests missiles and nuclear weapons). there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease", Abe said.

US and European officials warned that the talks on Friday and Saturday between US President Donald Trump and the other G7 leaders would be tough, particularly on climate, trade and security.

The president's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, then chimed in to say that the president's decision about whether to remain in the agreement would ultimately be based what's best for the United States; Cohn concurred.

"I think he's leaning to understanding the European position", Cohn told a pool reporter.

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"He feels much more knowledgeable on the topic today", Cohn said.

President Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron he was under "heavy pressure" in the U.S.to back the Paris climate deal, according to CNN.

"Discussing is always useful".

After the pomp of presidential travel overseas, Trump will return to Washington to find the same problems that have dogged him. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the US about setting up secret communications with Moscow.

Diplomats spent days trying to hammer out language for the G-7 joint statement.

British Prime Minister May said talks on climate issues had been intense, with Britain working to uphold the Paris agreements, but indicated that there was still no agreement with the United States on the issue.

It also noted that Trump arrived last for the photo as the 6 other leaders stood waiting for him. The president said recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, England and Egypt underscored the need for the U.S.to "defeat terrorism and protect civilization".

"Together we will keep our markets open and act to fight protectionism, while, at the same time, ensuring that unfair trading practices will be countered vigorously", Merkel said.

Diplomats worked through the night trying to bridge the gap between the new US administration and its allies Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on a number of barbed issues, including trade, the environment and Russian Federation.

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President Donald Trump is meeting with world leaders Friday at the G-7 summit in Sicily.

However, the United States remained isolated from the other six G7 nations over climate change, demanding more time to decide whether to honour its commitments to reduce carbon emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreements.

You know, like George H.W. Bush's views on abortion "evolved" so he could be Reagan's vice president.

There was relief that Trump agreed to language on trade in the final G7 communique that commits to a rules-based worldwide trade system.

Climate and trade were sticking points at the two-day summit in Taormina, Sicily.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters Saturday, "The whole discussion about climate has been hard". Trump may be willing to stay in the agreement, Cohn said, if the USA can scale back commitments made by President Barack Obama.

"(U.S. President Donald) Trump is pragmatic, and a good listener", he said, voicing hope the talks with G7 partners would help the U.S. president "to become aware of the challenges that climate change puts also to the United States at economic level".

While it was unclear if the statement would lead to any concrete, new policy initiatives, its inclusion was of large political significance to Gentiloni.

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