At today’s G7 summit in Hiroshima, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak conferred with French President Emmanuel Macron.
The leaders praised the G7’s strong unanimity on issues such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and our collective response to China’s economic threat.
They discussed how the United Kingdom and France can continue to support Ukraine’s defence. Including the provision of military aid and longer-term security assistance, and agreed to maintain close contact prior to the NATO Summit.
Building on the success of the UK-France summit held earlier this year. Prime Minister Sunak and President Macron highlighted the progress made in tackling illicit migration in the English Channel. They committed to implementing all elements of the ambitious package agreed upon in March. To help halt the boats and combat the exploitation of vulnerable people by people smugglers.
Following discussions on economic security earlier in the day at the G7, the leaders also discussed online security and emergent technologies.
Saturday saw the arrival of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Hiroshima for diplomatic talks with the G7 leaders. They have tightened sanctions intended to punish Moscow and alter the course of its 15-month invasion of Ukraine.
At the G7 summit in Hiroshima, world leaders confronted a delicate balancing act as they attempted to address an array of urgent global concerns. Including climate change, artificial intelligence, poverty and economic instability, nuclear proliferation, and the war in Ukraine.
The G7 leaders issued a statement expressing concern. That China’s “accelerating build-up of its nuclear arsenal without transparency or meaningful dialogue threatens global and regional stability.”
“We do seek to cooperate with China on matters of mutual interest,” Sullivan said in the statement. We will work to resolve our significant concerns in a variety of areas with China.