The Italian G7 summit begins focused on aid to Ukraine

The G7 summit began this Thursday in the Apulia region (southern Italy), focused on the war in Ukraine and aid to kyiv, with the leaders arriving at the luxurious and guarded ‘Borgo Egnazia’ hotel, where they were received by the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

The hostess welcomed the leaders of USA, France, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan, in addition to the leaders of the European Union (EU)which they later signed in the book of honor of the exclusive ‘resort’ chosen by Meloni for a meeting in which the Ukrainian president, Volodomir Zelensky, is also expected today.

The American president, Joe Biden, was the last to arrive at Borgo Egnaziza with some delay compared to his counterparts and finally the summit began at 11:30 with the traditional family photo.

In addition to support for Ukraine, focused on the negotiation of a loan valued at up to $46 billion, the Gaza war, the rivalry with Russia and the relationship with China, will be other prominent topics of the three-day summit, which will conclude on next Saturday.

Shortly before the start, the United States announced that the G7 had achieved “good progress” in negotiations for the loan to Ukrainefinanced with Russian assets tied up around the world and that a framework agreement could be reached this Thursday.

Biden and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, participated in the opening of the summit; the prime ministers of Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan, Justin Trudeau, Rishi Sunak and Fumio Kishida; the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the presidents of the European Commission and Council, Ursula Von der Layen and Charles Michel.

Relations with Africa, climate change and development aid will focus the first work session, which will be attended by several African and Persian Gulf countries, as well as organizations such as the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank, invited by the Italian presidency.

At 12:00 leaders will receive Zelensky and the Ukrainian president and Biden are later scheduled to hold a press conference at 3:45 p.m. GMT in which they could announce the expected agreement on the loan financed with frozen Russian assets.

Hours before the summit officially began, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that “there will probably” be a “common vision today on the path forward” to achieve a framework agreement, while the details will be agreed upon. subsequently by the countries involved.

The day, with other events and bilateral meetings between the leaders, will conclude with a gala dinner offered by the head of the Italian State, Sergio Mattarella, at the Svevo castle in the nearby town of Brindisi (south), where they will arrive by helicopter.

This Thursday, the arrival of the president of Argentina, Javier Milei, personally invited by Meloni, and that of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in his capacity as current head of the G20, is also expected to arrive, and both will participate in the summit on Friday.

The G7 will end on Saturday morning, with a press conference by the host Prime Minister, at 12:00 GMT.

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