CANADA, FRANCE FORGE UNITED FRONT AHEAD OF G7
Countries’ two leaders talked up the Canada-europe Union agreement as a model for global trade
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.
GUATEMALA SUSPENDS VOLCANO RESCUE
Rescue workers gather in the disaster zone covered in ash.