French President Emmanuel Macron expressed hope that the G-7 leaders will reaffirm commitment to democratic ideals in an era of political and economic turmoil.
He said, global markets are slowing in part due to the damaging trade war and reciprocal tariffs between the US and China.
The host of this weekend’s Group of Seven summit said, a wave of nationalism is imperiling democratic leaders across Europe.
He said, threats
to global security abound from Afghanistan to Kashmir, from Syria to the South
He repeated his call for the elite group of industrialised nations to readmit Russia, expelled from the G-7 in 2014 after its troops invaded Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea in 2014 invasion of Ukraine. Western leaders
called it a violation of international law. Russia continues to occupy the
The global economy needs coordination at the top and multilateral cooperation, he added.
Democratic leaders across Europe also face urgent challenges about stopping Iran’s growing involvement in Syria and a resurgent Daesh and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
A global security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said, Democratic leaders in Europe are worried about how to sustain without American leadership for world order.
The whole idea of world order is something that these other countries think a lot about.
Macron sought to unify the G-7 countries around a strategy aimed at keeping the Iran agreement intact and Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check.
likely will be on the agenda and escalating conflict between India and Pakistan
over Kashmir when Trump meets the Japanese prime minister.
The G-7 should really get along. They can’t agree on climate, trade, technology. These advanced economies should have common cause. A lot of these countries are increasingly divided, said, Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, a global risk-assessment firm in New York.
Trump threatened to slap tariffs on billions of dollars of imports from China next month, the world’s two largest economies, ratcheting up the trade war.