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Russia, Iran at top of G7 agenda despite absence

24 April 2018

His Canadian host and counterpart, Chrystia Freeland, was quick to agree.

"It was unbelievable how she organized it, in the sense of creating this friendly atmosphere of hospitality with ministers sitting around the table with her kids ... what they had personally prepared", Klimkin told The Canadian Press in an interview Sunday afternoon.

"You can see the G7, this group of industrialized liberal democracies coming together to vindicate our values here in Canada, and I think you see the groundwork for an excellent G7 summit at Charlevoix", Johnson said.

"There was also openness among G-7 members to dialogue with Russian Federation while we hold them accountable for their malign activities and their efforts to destabilize nations", the official added.

He called this part of a bigger war "against the democratic transatlantic community".

He said the G-7 nations should support initiatives by Myanmar and Bangladesh to improve the situation in the crisis-hit Rakhine State in western Myanmar.

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"Fighting along with Ukraine would give an enormous asset to the whole democratic community in the sense of understanding Russian efforts to destabilize the western world".

Klimkin said all G7 ministers are committed to protecting democratic institutions.

The acting USA secretary of state, John Sullivan - who may be replaced this week if outgoing Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo is confirmed as Washington s top diplomat - did not commit President Donald Trump to specific action.

Mr Trump has nominated Mr Pompeo to be USA secretary of state but Mr Pompeo is not in Toronto as his confirmation faces opposition in the Senate.

The ministers had "good discussions" on North Korea's nuclear programs as Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepare to meet in late May or early June.

G7 foreign ministers made the agreement, which has come amid heightened tensions with Russian Federation over Syria and Ukraine, during a two-day meeting in Canada ahead of a G7 leaders' summit in June.

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With Trump threatening to withdraw the United States if an agreement to revamp the deal can not be reached before the May 12 deadline set by the USA leader, Kono said "many ministers" sought "continuous and complete implementation" of the deal.

Trump's envoy to Canada, Ambassador Kelly Craft, says her boss is leading global efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal.

"President Trump is really carrying the water on the North Korea issue".

"We've had excellent conversations on Russian Federation, on Ukraine, we've spoken somewhat about China", Ms Freeland said in brief remarks when reporters were brought into the room.

Freeland co-hosted an worldwide meeting on North Korea in January with Trump's recently fired secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.

Referring to China's militarization of outposts in disputed areas of the South China Sea and Beijing's attempts to undermine Japan's administration of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the G-7 ministers expressed their "strong opposition" to unilateral action that could force a shift in the status quo in the region, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

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Russia, Iran at top of G7 agenda despite absence