27 May '17, 8am

Disharmony at G-7 as Donald Trump plays his own tune

TAORMINA, Italy (AFP) – G-7 nations risked unprecedented deadlock on Saturday (May 27) as United States President Donald Trump resisted pressure to sign up to joint positions on hot-button issues such as climate change, trade and migration. The Group of Seven leading democracies began the concluding day of their annual summit in discussions with leaders from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, and Tunisia. The five African states are key players in the Mediterranean migration crisis, as countries of origin or transit for the hundreds of thousands of migrants attempting to reach Europe via perilous crossings of the Mediterranean. The G-7’s Italian presidency placed this year’s summit in Sicily to underline the proximity of the crisis. But even that has prompted discord among the summiteers as Trump, according to Italian sources, resists the hosts’ desire to issue a declaration...

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