G7 Leaders Focus on Tackling ISIS, Terrorism, and Climate Change

(Photo: EPA)
(Photo: EPA)

Terrorism and climate change were the major talking points for world leaders Monday on the final day of an international summit in Germany.

The leaders of the Group of Seven or G-7 — from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, plus two European Union officials — met for a second day in a stunningly beautiful location at a luxury resort in the Bavarian mountains.

President Obama spoke with French President Francois Hollande on the margins of Monday’s meetings, and the two leaders agreed on the importance of securing a climate change deal at a major United Nations conference on the topic set to take place in Paris in December.

Ahead of the Paris event, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the host of the 41st G-7 summit, has been pressing world leaders here to commit to taking action to keep global temperature rises within a strict corridor — 2°C or 3.6°F.

Obama and Hollande reaffirmed the need to counter growing strength of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and also to support the establishment of a unified government in Libya — where warring factions have highly destabilized the North African nation and led to concerns that ISIL may attempt to create a base there. The Islamic State is also known as ISIL or ISIS.

The two leaders reiterated a commitment to try to reach an accord with Iran over its nuclear program.

Later, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will hold meetings with Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss how to contain the threat from ISIL.

Obama is seeking “more efficient ways that we can offer assistance to Iraqi security forces,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

On Sunday, Britain committed an extra 125 military trainers to Iraq as ISIL has made territorial advances in the region.

Diplomatic efforts led by Obama, Merkel and the other heads of government on Sunday focused on applying pressure to Russia, excluded from the summit for a second year running, over its disputed actions in eastern Ukraine.

In economic news, the White House denied a report carried by Bloomberg citing a French official who claimed that Obama said that the strong dollar was creating problems for global growth. The dollar fell against the euro and Japanese yen before recovering.

On Sunday morning, Obama visited the Alpine village of Kruen, where he drank a beer and ate sausages with locals.

Kruen Mayor Thomas Schwarzenberger told the German news agency DPA on Monday that Obama, Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer were given alcohol-free beer following a request by German and U.S. officials.

SOURCE: Kim Hjelmgaard