G-7 Summit Likely to Forgo Communique

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press)--The Group of Seven major industrial nations is on course to forgo adopting a communique at a three-day summit from Saturday in Biarritz, southwestern France, Japanese government sources said Tuesday.

The plan to stop short of issuing a communique reflects the wide rift between the United States and Europe over issues such as free trade and climate change, the sources said.

It will be the first time since the inaugural summit, in Rambouillet, France, in 1975, that a communique has not been adopted at the annual meeting.

"It seems difficult to adopt a leaders' communique," a Japanese government source said.

Instead, outcome documents are expected to be published for each area of discussion, such as free trade, relations with Iran, the environment and refugees, according to the sources.

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