Day 2 Of G-7 Meeting Focuses On Climate Change, Terrorism

June 8, 2015

The second and last day of the G-7 summit in Germany today will focus on climate change and terrorism.

The BBC reports:

“Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the group to reach an agreement on limiting global temperature rises. She also wants G-7 members to contribute to a fund for poor countries suffering the worst effects of climate change.

“There will also be talks on the threat from radical extremism with the leaders of Nigeria, Tunisia and Iraq.

“The summit is being held at the picturesque Schloss Elmau hotel in Kruen in the Bavarian Alps.”

As we reported, the first day of the summit was dominated by talks on Russia. This is the second year in a row the country has been left off the invite list because of its annexation of Crimea.

During a speech, President Obama urged the Western leaders to stand up to “Russian aggression” in Ukraine. Then, Obama declared that the U.S. was “inseparable” from its European allies.

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Nigeria’s new president have also been invited to the talks. Abadi is expected to talk about the ongoing war against the so-called Islamic State.

Deutsche Welle adds:

“Abadi will also meet privately with US President Barack Obama to discuss the Washington-led campaign to help recover Iraqi territory lost to IS.

“Nigeria’s newly-elected President Muhammadu Buhari will ask the G7 for more help in fighting an insurgency by Boko Haram militants. There have been at least 11 separate attacks that have left more than 90 dead in the week since he took office.

“Other topics up for discussion include Japan’s concerns over Chinese aggression in the South China Sea; the proposed free-trade agreement between the US and EU, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); and lessons learned from the recent Ebola crisis in West Africa.”

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