G-7 MINISTERS LEAVE WITH THE BARE MINIMUM

Written by Ibrahim Ramthan

What happened?

Foreign dignitaries from the Group of Seven nations met in western France, in a meeting marred by limited consensus. Yet, this is a success in comparison to previous G7 meetings blighted by disquiet and even quarrels.

The meeting occurred with the notable absence of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo’s absence limited the effectiveness of any binding agreement from the get-go, resulting in G7 President France to scale back ambitions of the summit.  

What did they achieve exactly?

The agreement included mildly worded joint commitment on issues such as fighting cybercrime, giving women bigger peacemaking roles, and engaging with countries in Africa’s Sahel region to combat migrant trafficking.

Most notably, all parties agreed on the approach to take with regards to the power struggle in Libya. Their approach includes agreeing to exercise restraint towards the Libyan National Army, yet to apply further pressure on Leader Khalifa Haftar as he advances toward the Libyan Capital.

Despite the united front, the parties still possessed “clear differences” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the dossier omitting any mention of a two-state solution or any alternatives to alleviate the plight of the Palestinian people.

These differences could heightenbe the source  heightened tensions in the upcoming August G7 summit, where the meagre agreements could prove insufficient to tie the group together once the need to resolve more pressing issues arise.

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