Rome, April 10: Italy is going to host a key meeting of G-7 countries (Japan, United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom and Italy) on April 10. The civil war in Syria is likely to dominate talks in the two day summit in the northwestern city of Lucca, with Italy hoping for a final communique that will reinforce United Nations' efforts to end six years of conflict. The fight against terrorism is also expected to be high on the agenda.
The meeting comes as the United States moves a Navy strike group near the Korean peninsula amid concerns over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and as the West's relations with Russia struggle to overcome years of mistrust.
G-7 foreign ministers warned of “any intimidating coercive or provocative unilateral actions that could alter the status quo and increase tensions” in both the South and East China Seas involving countries such as China, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.
China, which claims much of the South China Sea, asserted in response that that the G-7 should focus instead on its founding mandate of global economic cooperation against what was in 2016.
The Italian-hosted G-7 will have a significant geopolitical dialogue, despite criticism of its actions in this area. The body’s long-standing track record underlines this role is not only likely to continue but could yet grow in significance.