43rd G7 summit

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43rd G7 summit
Host country Italy
Date 26–27 May 2017
Venue(s) Taormina (ME), Sicily, Italy
Participants  Canada
 United Kingdom
 United States
 European Union
Follows 42nd G7 summit
Precedes 44th G7 summit
Website www.g7italy.it/en

The 43rd G7 summit was held on May 26–27, 2017[1] in Taormina (ME), Sicily, Italy.[2] In March 2014, the G7 declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G8. Since then, meetings have continued within the G7 process.

It was the first time since 1987 that the G7 summit held in Italy was not hosted by Silvio Berlusconi. The participation of Angela Merkel and Theresa May made it the first time two G7 female leaders were principals in the G7 summit.

Leaders at the summit[edit source]

The family photo of the G7 leaders, 26 May 2017

The attendees include the leaders of the seven G7 member states as well as representatives of the European Union. The President of the European Commission has been a permanently welcome participant at all meetings and decision-making since 1981.

The 43rd G7 summit was the first summit for British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Participants[edit source]

Core G7 members
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
Canada Canada Justin Trudeau Prime Minister
France France Emmanuel Macron President
Germany Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor
Italy Italy Paolo Gentiloni Prime Minister
Japan Japan Shinzō Abe Prime Minister
United Kingdom United Kingdom Theresa May Prime Minister
United States United States Donald Trump President
European Union European Union Jean-Claude Juncker Commission President
Donald Tusk Council President
Guest Invitees (Countries)
Member Represented by Title
Ethiopia Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn Prime Minister
Guinea Guinea Alpha Conde President
Kenya Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta President
Niger Niger Mahamadou Issoufou President
Nigeria Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo Acting President
Tunisia Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi President

Gallery of participating leaders[edit source]

Invited guests[edit source]

International organizations[edit source]

What you’re probably not hearing from the media about the G7 meeting

As President Donald Trump had his first meeting with the other G7 nations, he made it clear that his desire for a working partnership would not override his “America First” stance on issues such as climate change and Muslim migrants.

Western Journalism  Trump’s impact was shown in Saturday’s final statement about the meeting. Italian authorities wanted many pages of text extolling the rights of migrants now sweeping across Europe and to have the partner nations support efforts to resettle them. Trump opposed this, and the final statement reduced mention of migrants to one or two lines.

The summit, which included the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain, also noted that when it came to climate change, Trump would follow his own policy and not that of his partners. “The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said later. “There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement.”

Understanding this process, the Heads of State and of Government of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom and the Presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement, as previously stated at the Ise-Shima Summit.”

Economic adviser Gary Cohn said Trump told leaders “the environment is very, very important to me, Donald Trump,” but the U.S. needs to have an unfettered approach to catching up to India and China in manufacturing.

“He wants to understand how we can bring back manufacturing, bring back jobs, but still be environmentally friendly, but not have a restriction enforced upon us that makes absolutely no sense,” Cohn said.

The following photos speak volumes: