G7 Summit 2016: G7 leaders hold talks with outreach countries including Sri Lanka

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:36 GMT, May 27, 2016 |

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders from the Group of Seven nations (G7) met leaders of outreach countries and organizations on Friday (May 27), including Director General of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde and Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’neill.

Other outreach participants are Chad, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Viet Nam, and Laos. Participating international organizations include the United Nations, World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The G7 leaders – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian President Matteo Renzi, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron – are in Mie-prefecture, Japan, to attend the G7 Ise-shima summit.

For the first time in Sri Lankan history, a President was invited for the G7 summit.

The leaders expressed concern earlier on Friday about risks to the world economy and pledged to seek strong, sustainable growth.