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The G7 was full of fancy footwork – but what did it actually resolve?

The G7 summit has ended with some fancy diplomatic footwork but leaves major issues threatening the world unresolved.

French host Emmanuel Macron pulled an impressive end-of-summit rabbit out of the hat by announcing plans to bring US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart together for talks.

Iran’s leader Hassan Rouhani has agreed in principle to the idea after his foreign minister flew in for talks on the sidelines of the summit in another surprise move.

Image: Hassan Rouhani has previously said the White House is ‘afflicted with mental retardation’

The diplomatic coup by the French leader raises the possibility of an escalating crisis in US-Iranian relations being eased if not resolved.

The most likely venue for a Trump-Rouhani encounter would be at the UN General Assembly in New York next month.

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However the move masked a lack of progress in other areas and signs of division continuing to bedevil the group of most powerful western nations.

Its divided and weak response to the Amazon fires crisis will depress those hoping for decisive action from the world’s most powerful western nations.

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The G7 was able to find only $20m (£16.4m) to help the fight against Brazil’s forest fires.

President Trump did not turn up to a session on climate change, citing meetings with his Indian and German counterparts as the reason for his absence – even though both those leaders were able to attend the meeting.

Image: Fires have been ravaging the Amazon rainforest

And there is ongoing confusion over the likelihood of US-Chinese trade talks resuming.

President Trump claims phone calls with Chinese negotiators mean talks are back on. The Chinese insist no such calls were made.

Image: President Trump did not turn up to a session on climate change

The UK and other countries remain critical of President Trump for escalating his trade war with China and concerned about the possibility of an ensuing global recession.

These pressing concerns aside, the summit’s French hosts will be delighted with their success in brokering a possible American-Iranian rapprochement.

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They will also be proud of pulling off a G7 summit that has not ended in open acrimony between the US and other countries unlike recent previous world gatherings.

People expecting concerted action to reverse climate change and stop the Amazon rainforest from burning may not share their satisfaction.

SOURCE : https://news.sky.com/story/the-g7-was-full-of-fancy-footwork-but-what-did-it-actually-resolve-11794953

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