LUCCA, APRIL 10 – Concomitantly to the G7 Meeting on the 10 and 11 of April in Lucca, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, has called an extraordinary meeting on Syria at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
The summit at Lucca’s Ducal Palace will be extended to the Foreign Ministers of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering for a meeting given urgency by the April 4 chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response.
The meeting in Lucca aims to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar Assad. Last week’s nerve gas attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people stirred President Donald Trump to strike for the first time at Assad’s forces. Alfano said that Europe’s broad support for the U.S. military strikes contributed to a “renewed harmony” between the United States and its partners. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is attending the first meeting of G-7 foreign ministers since Donald Trump took office. He will then head to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The first priority of the G7 members is the total eradication of ISIL/Da’esh from the areas it controls in Syria and Iraq. Countering terrorism and violent extremism, wherever they develop, remain pressing urgencies that will be pursued by bringing perpetrators to justice while upholding at the universal principles of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the values of inclusion, peaceful co-existence and tolerance. North Korea’s defiant policy against the entire international community with the recent dramatic increase of its nuclear and ballistic program is another point on the agenda of the G7, along with the difficult process of reconciliation in Libya, the implementing of the Iran nuclear deal, the crisis in Ukraine, sustainable growth and the UN agenda for conflict prevention. (@alebal)