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The 45th G7 summit was held on 24–26 August 2019, in Biarritz, France.[1][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. However, according to a senior administration official, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron had agreed that Russia should be invited to the next G7 Summit to be held in 2020.[3]

45th G7 summit
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Host countryFrance
Date24–26 August 2019
Venue(s)Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Participants Canada
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Japan
 United Kingdom
 United States
 European Union
Follows44th G7 summit
Precedes46th G7 summit
Websitewww.elysee.fr/en/g7

Concluding communiqueEdit

Five points were agreed at the issue of the summit, about:[4]

  • the World Trade Organization, "with regard to intellectual property protection, to settle disputes more swiftly and to eliminate unfair trade practices"[5]
  • the "G7 commits to reaching an agreement in 2020 to simplify regulatory barriers and modernize international taxation within the framework of the OECD"[5]
  • the G7 shares objectives on Iran: "to ensure that Iran never acquires nuclear weapons and to foster peace and stability in the region."[5]
  • on Libya: "We support a truce in Libya that will lead to a long-term ceasefire. We believe that only a political solution can ensure Libya’s stability. We call for a well-prepared international conference to bring together all the stakeholders and regional actors relevant to this conflict. We support in this regard the work of the United Nations and the African Union to set up an inter-Libyan conference."[6]
  • in an opaque reference to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine (2014–present), "France and Germany will organize a Normandy format summit in the coming weeks to achieve tangible results."[5]
  • in light of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests, "The G7 reaffirms the existence and the importance of the 1984 Sino-British agreement on Hong Kong and calls for avoiding violence."[7]

Final press conferenceEdit

In the final press conference, UK Prime Minister Johnson said "Iran should never be allowed to get a nuclear weapon",[8] and US President Trump spoke about Iran in a joint news conference with French President Macron.[9] Whereas the European powers sought to appease Iran, Trump said in apparent reference to combative rhetoric by the Iranian government about its ability to attack US interests:[8]

They can't do what they were saying they were going to do because if they do that, they will be met with really very violent force.

HostEdit

France, as the host of the 2019 G7 summit, held it at the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz.[10]

Leaders at the summitEdit

Attendees included leaders of the G7 member states plus representatives of the European Union. The President of the European Commission has been a permanently participant at all meetings since 1981, but current President Jean-Claude Juncker did not attend due to medical problems.[11] The President of the European Council has been the EU's co-representative since the 36th G8 summit hosted by Canada in 2010.

This was the first G7 summit for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It was also the last summit for Council President Donald Tusk.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, invited the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez, and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to attend the outreach session of the summit as special invitees.

ParticipantsEdit

Core G7 members
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
  Canada Justin Trudeau Prime Minister
  France Emmanuel Macron President
  Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor
  Italy Giuseppe Conte Prime Minister
  Japan Shinzō Abe Prime Minister
  United Kingdom Boris Johnson Prime Minister
  United States Donald Trump President
  European Union Donald Tusk Council President
Guest Invitees (Countries)
Country Represented by Title
  Australia Scott Morrison Prime Minister
  Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kaboré President
  Chile Sebastián Piñera President
  Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi President
  India Narendra Modi Prime Minister
  Rwanda Paul Kagame President
  Senegal Macky Sall President
  South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa President
  Spain Pedro Sánchez Acting President of the Government

Gallery of participating leadersEdit

Invited guestsEdit

Presidents and Heads of governmentEdit

The following leaders were invited to the Outreach Session of the G7 Summit.

Heads of international organisationsEdit

ParticipationEdit

 
Making-of G7 'family photo', Hôtel du Palais, Biarritz and some photographs

The Prime Ministers of Italy and Spain, Conte and Sanchez, are taking part in the summit as caretaker Prime Ministers. Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission did not attend due to bad health.[11]

In a surprise move, Emmanuel Macron invited to attend on the margins Javad Zarif, who flew in on an Iranian government plane. Macron, who "attempted a high-risk diplomatic gambit", thought that the Foreign Minister of Iran might be able to defuse the tense situation over the Iranian nuclear programme in spite of the recent uptick in tensions between the Islamic Republic and the United States and Britain. A highly-placed French political source said that[12]

TopicsEdit

 
Working session, August 25

Topics discussed included global trade, global warming, and taxing technology companies.[13] European Council President Donald Tusk said leaders at the summit should discuss the Iran nuclear deal, which was at risk due to the U.S. government's decision to pull out.[14]

On August 23, President Emmanuel Macron urged the G7 to lead the summit discussions with the 2019 Amazon wildfires, which he described as an "international crisis". He said, "Our house is burning. Literally.", adding that the Amazon rainforest produces 20% of the world's oxygen.[15] U.S. President Donald Trump offered to take the position of the Brazilian government to the meeting, and said that the U.S. government did not agree to discuss the issue without Brazil's presence. The United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Spain and Chile also support Brazil.[16][17] During the meeting, it was reported that there were "sharp differences" among the participants.[18]

Protests and counter-summitEdit

More than 13000 policemen are required for security.[19][20] The French government wishes to avoid anti-globalization movements. The protesters of the Summit had several motivations, such as anti extractivism and anti-globalization. Protesters included human rights groups and climate change activists.[21][22]

A number of small French and Basque organizations joined to organize a "Contre G7" summit,[23][24] over the same days as the G7, in the south of the French Basque country.[25]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Trump trade fury torpedoes Canada's G7 summit". France 24. June 9, 2018.
  3. ^ CNN. "Trump and Macron agree that Russia should be invited to next year's G7 conference, senior admin official says". CNN.
  4. ^ "US President Donald Trump says he believes China sincerely seeks a trade deal". South China Morning Post. 26 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "News Analysis: G7 summit declaration cannot conceal deep U.S.-EU rift". xinhuanet. 27 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Biarritz G7 summit non-binding declaration on Libya calls for truce, political solution and conference". Libya Herald. 27 August 2019.
  7. ^ "G7 leaders back HK autonomy, urge calm". rthk.hk. 27 August 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Trump open to talks with Iran but maintains possibility of using 'very violent force'". CBC. 26 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Here's Why Trump and Rouhani Have Little Incentive to Meet". Yahoo. Bloomberg. 27 August 2019.
  10. ^ Kettle, Martin (August 24, 2019). "How luxury hotels such as Biarritz's Hôtel du Palais have helped shape history" – via www.theguardian.com.
  11. ^ a b de La Baume, Maïa (19 August 2019). "Jean-Claude Juncker to miss G7 after emergency surgery". politico.eu.
  12. ^ "Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif arrives in Biarritz in surprise visit to G7 leaders summit". Telegraph Media Group Limited. 25 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Trump Arrives in Biarritz for Testing G7 Summit". August 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "G7 Summit to Be 'a Difficult Test of Unity': EU's Tusk". August 24, 2019.
  15. ^ Phillips, Tom; correspondent, Latin America (August 23, 2019). "Amazon rainforest fires: Macron calls for 'international crisis' to lead G7 discussions". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  16. ^ "Trump levará posição brasileira ao G7" (in Portuguese). O Globo. 23 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Bolsonaro conversa com premiê espanhol e primeiro-ministro do Japão" (in Portuguese). Estadão. 23 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort". August 25, 2019 – via uk.reuters.com.
  19. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique (August 24, 2019). "Biarritz in lockdown as G7 summit descends on French resort" – via www.theguardian.com.
  20. ^ "Pour le sommet du G7 de Biarritz, 13 200 policiers et gendarmes mobilisés". August 20, 2019 – via Le Monde.
  21. ^ "who-s-protesting-at-the-g7-and-why". CBC.
  22. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique (2019-08-25). "French climate activists protest as Macron attends G7 summit". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  23. ^ "Qui sommes nous".
  24. ^ "SARRERA".
  25. ^ "Page d'accueil".

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