The Group of Seven summit which is to be held this weekend in France is set to end without a joint communique for the first time in its 44-year history. This is due to gaps between member nations on trade.
It would be the first time since meetings began in 1975 that a G7 summit ends without a communique laying bare the deepening rift between heads of state from seven of the world’s largest economies.
On Wednesday, Macron, speaking ahead of the G-7 meeting at a news conference in Paris said that an attempt to produce a joint communique would most likely be a “pointless” exercise.
The summit which is to be held in the southwestern French city of Biarritz on Aug 24-26, brings together the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
In recent years, securing an agreement at the annual summit has proved more difficult, somewhat because the U.S. president, Donald Trump has expressed a preference for bilateral trade pacts over multilateral agreements. He also pulled the United States out of landmark climate agreement restricting global efforts to cut carbon.
Last year, at the G-7 summit in Ottawa, Canada, Trump threw the G7’s efforts to show a united front into disorder by an early exit from the meeting, refused to sign the collective final statement and engaged in personal insults over trade with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
According to a French perspective, the hosts this year, will try to manage the G-7 so it doesn’t turn into another embarrassing mess with everyone arguing with each other.
Fraser said, that the G-7 is no longer for the world’s richest countries to show a united front. He further added,’ And the lack of a joint communique is a recognition of where we are at’.
French media called last year’s gathering in Ottawa as the “G-6+1 summit,” pointing out the Washington’s refusal to sign the final statement.