Angela Merkel predicts controversial G7 summit

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Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.
Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has predicted that during the Group of Seven (G7) summit, controversies will mark the sessions between the United States and the other members of the forum.
Merkel told the German Bundestag (German parliament) on Wednesday that there is a serious problem with multilateral agreements and that is why there will be controversies, particularly on international trade, climate protection and development policies.

According to Merkel, the summit, to be held on 8 and 9 this month in the municipality of Charlevoix, in northeastern Quebec will be an important scenario after Washington’s removal from the nuclear agreement with Iran, and the imposition of tariffs on European imports of aluminum and steel.

On 22 April, the G7 Foreign Ministers held a preparatory meeting in Ottawa, which will seek to advance gender equality, combat climate change and respect for diversity and inclusion.

According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the forum will provide an opportunity to strengthen alliances with partners around the world to improve the situation of citizens, communities and the economy.

However, the German Chancellor predicted the absence of a final declaration at the end of the meeting, as was the case at the previous summit in Taormina, Italy, where the United States refused to sign the concluding statement because of its withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

The G7 Summit is a forum which seeks to play a key role in shaping collective responses to global challenges, and is integrated by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Canada will host the event for the sixth time this year, the previous five of which were also in Quebec (1981), Toronto (1988), Halifax (1995), Kananaskis (2002) and Muskoka (2010).

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