Protests erupt at G-7 summit in Quebec

Protests erupt at G-7 summit in Quebec

His administration's steel and aluminum tariffs have placed the United States sharply at odds with the other G7 nations.

"The goal of the G's - whether the G7 or the G20 - is to essentially give the pertinent ministers and the leaders the opportunity to deal with issues of this kind and hopefully prevent issues of this kind", explained Martin, who served as Canada's prime minister from 2003 to 2006, and as the country's finance minister from 1993 to 2002. "And they understand it's going to happen", Trump said before departing for the summit in La Malbaie, Quebec.

"Africa is going to have the largest population base of any continent in 25 years, and I really do believe that helping Africa through what is a very hard period now will benefit the world enormously and this is a role that the G7 and G20 must play".

Taking to Twitter, Trudeau also thanked his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for meeting with him on Friday for the progress, the two leaders made on Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and G7 summit.

Trump ruffled some feathers early Friday by suggesting Russian Federation should be allowed back into the G7 to once again make it the G8.

A spokesman for Canada's Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed.

Several hundred mainly peaceful protesters filled a heavily protected street of Quebec City on Thursday night, on the eve of a G7 summit that will bring U.S. President Donald Trump to Canada for the first time.

Officials have conceded the mood at the summit will likely be exceptionally tense. The meeting comes as US President Donald Trump continues to pursue a protectionist stance on trade.

Martin, who participated in both G7 finance ministers' meetings and leaders' summits as prime minister when the forum was configured as the G8 to include Russian Federation, told Xinhua that Canada's harsh response to the U.S.tariffs was "warranted" and noted that "never in my time have I seen an issue which has so galvanized people" at those gatherings. On Thursday, Macron tweeted, "The American president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six-country agreement if need be".

British Prime Minister Theresa May took a more measured tone, telling reporters she wanted the European Union to use restraint in retaliation against US tariffs and that the response must be proportionate and legal. Among his shots is criticism of Canada for unfairly charging tariffs on dairy products shipped to the US.

The White House subsequently announced the president would leave on Saturday, before the summit formally ends, to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

While the G7 leaders have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilize the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an agreement created to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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