Coun­tries’ two lead­ers talked up the Canada-europe Union agree­ment as a model for global trade

StarMetro Halifax - - CANADA & WORLD - Tonda Mac­cha­rles and Bruce Cam­pion-smith OT­TAWA BU­REAU

OT­TAWA—CANADA and France have forged a united front on cli­mate change, trade and a deal to de­ter Iran’s nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion ahead of what prom­ises to be an ac­ri­mo­nious face­off with U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at this week’s G7 sum­mit.

Af­ter an in­ti­mate din­ner with just their spouses at the prime min­is­ter’s Har­ring­ton Lake official res­i­dence in the Gatineau Hills, Justin Trudeau and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron promised Thurs­day they’d have each other’s back at the G7 table, out­lin­ing ar­eas where they have clear dif­fer­ences with Trump.

They both kept up the “po­lite and re­spect­ful” ap­proach to Trump even as their frus­tra­tions with the White House be­came clear.

They ac­knowl­edged trade, tar­iffs, cli­mate change and how to ap­proach Iran re­main stick­ing points, and may frus­trate ef­forts to come to a fi­nal joint com­mu­niqué.

Macron seemed re­signed to that prospect, not­ing Trump had not signed a recent G20 dec­la­ra­tion on tack­ling global warm­ing.

They talked up the Canadaeu­rope Union trade agree­ment as a model for global trade that sup­ports sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, in­de­pen­dent dis­pute set­tle­ment, and is al­ready boost­ing trade be­tween the part­ners.

There was some ques­tion this week whether Trump would at­tend.

Ac­cord­ing to a Washington Post re­port he was not happy about hav­ing to go, ex­pect­ing to face a wall of op­po­si­tion. Res­cuers sus­pended search and re­cov­ery ef­forts Thurs­day at vil­lages dev­as­tated by the erup­tion of Gu­atemala’s Vol­cano of Fire, leav­ing peo­ple with miss­ing loved ones dis­traught and prompt­ing some to do the risky work them­selves with rudi­men­tary tools.

Conred, the na­tional dis­as­ter agency, said cli­matic con­di­tions and vol­canic ma­te­rial were mak­ing it dan­ger­ous for res­cuers, and it was also tak­ing into ac­count the fact that 72 hours had passed since Sun­day’s erup­tion. That’s the win­dow be­yond which of­fi­cials ear­lier said it would be un­likely to find any sur­vivors.


Res­cue work­ers gather in the dis­as­ter zone cov­ered in ash.


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