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Covid-19: Trump postpones G7 summit and wants to invite other countries

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Covid-19: Trump postpones G7 summit and wants to invite other countries

The American President has announced that he will postpone the G7 summit, scheduled for June in the United States, to fall due to the covid-19 pandemic, and invite other countries to participate in the meeting.

“I don't feel that the G7 represents correctly what is happening in the world. It is a very outdated group of countries, ”Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday on the Air Force One plane. Trump said he would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to join an extended summit in the fall.

The summit could take place in September, before or after the United Nations General Assembly, he added.

The leaders of the G7, chaired this year by the United States, had planned to meet by videoconference in late June, due to the covid-19 epidemic.

Last week, Trump indicated that he could organize the summit “mainly at the White House, but also at the presidential residence in Camp David, on the outskirts of Washington.

Members of the Group of Seven (G7) most industrialized countries in the world, Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, meet annually to discuss various international issues.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 366,000 deaths and infected more than six million people in 196 countries and territories.

To combat the pandemic, governments sent 4.5 billion people home (more than half of the planet's population), paralyzing entire sectors of the world economy, in a “great confinement” that several countries have already begun to alleviate in the face of declining prices. new contagions.

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