The G7 meeting in Biarritz, France, chaired by Pres. Macron of France, was an unexpected success. Dire warnings of schisms, especially between the Europeans and Pres. Trump were issued before the Summit, but they proved unfounded. Trump was on his best behavior, his tweets were hardly mentioned.
There were two notable differences at this Summit compared to others, first there was no attempt by Pres. Macron, the host, to issue a joint communique after the event. He decided that such a statement could not be made to represent the wide-ranging and often contentious issues being considered. Second, it was the first meeting at which British PM Boris Johnson was attending, and although there was no official discussion of Brexit, it was one of the subjects discussed behind closed doors. Trump indicated that he was willing to make a good business deal with Boris. He also announced a business deal with PM Abe of Japan.
Another unusual subject discussed was the terrible extensive fires currently engulfing the Amazon rain-forest. Although Brazilian Pres, Jair Bolsonaro declared them to be an internal matter, the G7 did not agree, and they passed a resolution giving 20 million euros to Brazil to help in putting out the fires. Also, the pressure forced Bolsonaro to take action and he called out the army to help put out the fires. These actions made it clear that the Amazon forests are considered an issue of significant importance for the international environment.
Perhaps most important for the US and the international situation was the tentative agreement by Pres. Trump, at the suggestion of Pres. Macron, to signal his willingness to bring the trade war with China, and the potential conflict with Iran, to an end, by agreeing to meet with Pres. Xi of China and Pres. Rouhani of Iran. The Chinese issued a statement saying that they wanted the trade war to end in a calm atmosphere, and then Trump in his press conference pointed out that they have had numerous phone conversations with Chinese leaders and they hoped to meet soon, and this brought some calm to the international financial markets. Secondly, the FM of Iran Javad Zarif flew into Biarritz to meet with French officials in order to apparently give a message to Trump that Iran is in a dire economic strait and Rouhani is prepared to meet with Trump. Trump responded positively to this suggestion, although he will not rescind the economic sanctions before such a meeting.
So at the end things were looking up. The US is the host for the next G7 Summit and Trump indicated that he intends to invite Russia’s Putin to rejoin the group.
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