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The G7 manages to agree a brief final statement with hardly any news

August 26, 2019

MADRID, Aug. 26 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Heads of State and Government meeting this weekend in Biarritz, in the south of France, have finally published a brief final communiqué despite tensions prior to the appointment that predicted the absence of agreement. However, the text hardly contains any news.

The commercial sphere is perhaps the one that stands out most in the context of a tariff war between China and the United States. The G7 thus defends a reform of the World Trade Organization (ICO). “The G7 wants to reform the WTO in depth so that it is more effective in protecting intellectual property, resolving disputes more quickly and eradicating unfair commercial practices.”

Specifically, it suggests reaching an agreement on this reform in 2020 and that this includes simplifying regulation and modernizing international taxation. “The G7 is committed to open and fair global trade and the stability of the economy,” underlines the text.

Next, the statement mentions one of the star themes of the summit, Iran, in particular following this Sunday's surprise visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Yavad Zarif to Biarritz. “We fully share two objectives: to ensure that Iran never obtains nuclear weapons and to promote peace and stability in the region,” he says.

On Ukraine, the G7 supports that France and Germany participate “in the coming weeks” in a summit with the Normandy format, together with Russia and Ukraine, “to achieve concrete results”.

In Libya, the G7 supports a truce to achieve a lasting ceasefire. “We believe that only a political solution will guarantee the stability of Libya. We look forward to a well-prepared international conference that brings together all interested parties and all the regional actors involved in this conflict,” he explains, while supporting mediation and UN work. and the African Union.

Finally, on the protests in Hong Kong, the G7 mentions the “existence and importance” of the 1984 Chinese-British Declaration on Hong Kong whereby London agreed to return Hong Kong's sovereignty to China on July 1, 1997 and enshrines the principle “one country, two systems”. In addition, the G7 calls for “avoiding violence.”