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G7 ministers seek a united front on Syria and North Korea

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Energy ministers have already failed to reach agreement on a joint statement on climate change at the meeting in Italy.
Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations are meeting in Italy.
The discussions will prepare the way for a leaders’ summit in Sicily at the end of May. What are they likely to talk about?
The pressing need to find a solution to the conflict in Syria, particularly in the aftermath of last week’s suspected chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. At least 89 people, many of them children, were killed.
The growing tensions with North Korea are also on the agenda. The US has moved a navy strike group near the Korean peninsula amid concerns over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
They will also discuss Libya. Italy is hoping for vocal support for a UN-backed government in Tripoli which has struggled to establish its authority in the city as well as in the rest of the violence-plagued north African country.
The Trump administration has not yet defined a clear policy. Rome fears Washington may fall into step with Egypt and Russia, which support General Khalifa Haftar, a powerful figure in eastern Libya.

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