Photo shared by Angela Merkel hints at tension at G7

Angela Merkel acknowledged that major differences remained between the US and its G7 partnersMore

Angela Merkel acknowledged that major differences remained between the US and its G7 partnersMore

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that G7 leaders had agreed on the wording of a common statement at their ongoing summit which would include a commitment to a "rules-based" trade framework.

"Day two of the G-7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions", part of the German leader's caption stated in English.

Merkel spoke following a meeting with the leaders of Italy, Britain and France which came in the aftermath of US President Donald Trump's call to readmit Russian Federation.

"We need Russian Federation for disarmament talks" and for discussions about both Ukraine and Syria, Merkel said. Speaking in German to a business conference in Berlin, Le Maire offered the first official response from Paris to new European reform proposals from Chancellor Angela Merkel, Reuters reported.




Merkel said there was a broad agreement among G7 leaders that tariffs and other trade barriers should be reduced. Most of the foreign leaders at the summit had hoped to use the meeting to confront Trump about new tariffs he is imposing on imports, but instead found themselves reacting to Trump's Russian Federation comments and bombastic Twitter posts. This puts him in a difficult position - he has tried hard to cultivate a warm relationship with President Trump and the two are said to have met at least 10 times since he was elected to the White House.

Some felt it was this power dynamic that Merkel's photo perfectly captured.

One showed marks left on Mr Trump's hand.

"I think everyone knows that there will be hard discussions there", said the Chancellor, referring to the two-day G7 summit, which will start on Friday in Charlevoix in Canada's Quebec.

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