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|43rd G7 summit|
|Date||26–27 May 2017|
|Venue(s)||Taormina (ME), Sicily, Italy|
|Follows||42nd G7 summit|
|Precedes||44th G7 summit|
The 43rd G7 summit was held on May 26–27, 2017 in Taormina (ME), Sicily, Italy. 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 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.
|Core G7 members
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.
|Canada||Justin Trudeau||Prime Minister|
|Italy||Paolo Gentiloni||Prime Minister|
|Japan||Shinzō Abe||Prime Minister|
|United Kingdom||Theresa May||Prime Minister|
|United States||Donald Trump||President|
|European Union||Jean-Claude Juncker||Commission President|
|Donald Tusk||Council President|
|Guest Invitees (Countries)|
|Ethiopia||Hailemariam Desalegn||Prime Minister|
|Nigeria||Yemi Osinbajo||Acting President|
|Tunisia||Beji Caid Essebsi||President|
Gallery of participating leaders[edit source]
Invited guests[edit source]
International organizations[edit source]
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: