G-7 Summit Ends without Leaders' Declaration

Politics

Biarritz, France, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--Leaders from the Group of Seven countries ended their three-day summit in Biarritz, southwestern France, on Monday, but without adopting a leaders' declaration in an unusual move reflecting a host of issues hanging over the major nations.

U.S. President Donald Trump and other participating leaders remained apart over free trade amid intensifying U.S.-China trade friction, as well as Iran's nuclear program and Russia's possible return to the framework of the world's major countries.

Instead of a joint declaration, the leaders issued a one-page document showing the outcomes in their discussions on Iran, Ukraine, trade, Hong Kong and other matters. The G-7 summit was chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron.

On Monday, the leaders exchanged views on North Korea, which has repeatedly fired short-range ballistic missiles recently, and the situation in Hong Kong, where clashes continue between police and protesters over a controversial bill allowing the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China from the territory.

They confirmed cooperation for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and resolving North Korea's missile and abduction issues.

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