US President Donald Trump has decided to postpone the G7 summit until at least September. He invited leaders of other countries to take part in the negotiations.
Donald Trump talked to media aboard Air Force One on Saturday. He said, “I’m postponing it because I don’t feel as a G7 it probably represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,”
“I don’t feel that… it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,”
The G7 conference was scheduled to involve videoconference in June in response to coronavirus.
According to the international news agency, The G7 group was supposed to be hosted by the US. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK are included in the G7 group.
Donald Trump said Russia, South Korea, Australia, and India should be invited.
White House director of strategic communications Alyssa Farah said that Donald Trump wants to gather other traditional allies, including Five Eyes countries, into a mix, and those affected by a coronavirus and to discuss the future of China.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel “cannot confirm” that she will take part in the summit after coronavirus pandemic. Angela’s spokesperson at the Chancellery said, “The Chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit in Washington at the end of June,”
What is the G7?
According to the international news agency, the G7, or the Group of Seven, is an organization formed from the world’s seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The group calls itself “a community of values”. Freedom, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, and prosperity and sustainable development are its key principles.
Initially, six countries had joined the first time in 1975 to discuss possible solutions to global economic issues. Canada joined the following year.
Each member country serves as the G7 presidency for a year on a rolling basis and hosts the two-day summit.
Several topics are discussed such as energy policy, climate change, HIV/Aids, and global security. A communiqué is issued at the end of the summit that shows what has been decided.