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G7 Leaders’ Declaration - Biarritz, France, 26.08.2019

Verantwortlicher Autor: Peter Schellinck Brussels, 31.08.2019, 13:11 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Peter Schellinck Bericht 4971x gelesen

Brussels [ENA] President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the G7 summit, where leaders discussed global challenges such as Iran, trade tensions, the fight against inequalities and climate change. They also discussed the global issue of the wildfires in the Amazon. At the end of the summit, they adopted the G7 Leaders' Declaration. The G7 Leaders wish to underline their great unity and the positive spirit of the debates.

The G7 Summit organized by France in Biarritz has successfully produced agreements by the Heads of State and Government themselves on several points summarized below: Trade: The G7 is committed to open and fair world trade and to the stability of the global economy. The G7 requests that the Finance Ministers closely monitor the state of the global economy. Therefore, the G7 wishes to overhaul the WTO to improve effectiveness with regard to intellectual property protection, to settle disputes more swiftly and to eliminate unfair trade practices. The G7 commits to reaching in 2020 an agreement to simplify regulatory barriers and modernize international taxation within the framework of the OECD.

Iran: We fully share two objectives: to ensure that Iran never acquires nuclear weapons and to foster peace and stability in the region. Ukraine: France and Germany will organize a Normandy format summit in the coming weeks to achieve tangible results. Libya: We support a truce in Libya that will lead to a long-term ceasefire. We believe that only a political solution can ensure Libya’s stability. We call for a well-prepared international conference to bring together all the stakeholders and regional actors relevant to this conflict. We support in this regard the work of the United Nations and the African Union to set up an inter-Libyan conference.

Hong Kong: The G7 reaffirms the existence and importance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 on Hong Kong and calls for violence to be avoided. The summit took place under the French presidency of the G7, which is centred around the fight against inequalities. With that goal in mind, the French G7 presidency has adjusted the format of the G7 to involve international partners and representatives of civil society.

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