AUS­TRALIA SAYS IT WOULD WEL­COME IN­VI­TA­TION

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

MEL­BOURNE Aus­tralia would wel­come an of­fi­cial in­vi­ta­tion to the Group of Seven (G7) na­tions and there has been con­tact on the mat­ter be­tween the prime min­is­ter and the United States, a gov­ern­ment spokesman said on Sun­day.

“The G7 has been a topic of re­cent high-level ex­changes,” the spokesman said in an emailed com­ment. “Aus­tralia would wel­come an of­fi­cial in­vi­ta­tion. Strength­en­ing in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion among like-minded coun­tries is val­ued at a time of un­prece­dented global chal­lenges.”

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Satur­day he would post­pone a G7 sum­mit he had hoped to hold next month un­til Septem­ber or later and ex­pand the list of in­vi­tees to in­clude Aus­tralia, Rus­sia, South Korea and In­dia.

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son has been so far one of very few world lead­ers to pay a state visit to Wash­ing­ton dur­ing Trump’s ten­ure, and both lead­ers have openly sig­nalled their ca­ma­raderie.

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