Trudeau arrives in Sicily ahead of G7 summit

Published: 10:52 GMT, May 26, 2017 |

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Sicily for his second Group of Seven (G7) meeting on Thursday (May 25).

Italy chose to host the summit in Taormina, on the cliffs of eastern Sicily, to concentrate minds on Europe’s migrant crisis and to seek ways of developing Africa’s economy to hold back the human tide.

The six-year old Syrian conflict and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are other hot-button issues. Potential disagreements over climate change and free trade might also overshadow the event in the chic resort town.

U.S. President Donald Trump will face concerted pressure to commit to the 2015 Paris Agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions and to water down his protectionist trade tendencies.

Diplomats said there had been no agreement on these issues ahead of the gathering, meaning the leaders will seek to strike an accord amongst themselves.