Merkel expresses skepticism over upcoming G7 summit

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that G7 leaders had agreed on the wording of a common statement at their ongoing summit which would include a commitment to a "rules-based" trade framework.

The photo appeared on Merkel's Instagram account, describing the image as a "spontaneous meeting".

Photographs from the Group of Seven summit in Canada provided by the German and American governments have offered contrasting images of their leaders.

Mrs Merkel said during the summit that she and Mr Trump did not always agree, but that they could talk to each other: "I can say that I maintain a very open and direct relationship with the American president".

The EU has already said it will announce counter-measures against Trump's metals tariffs on Jul 1.

U.S. President Donald Trump called earlier on Friday for Russian Federation to be brought back into the global grouping.

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Subsequently, the new Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte supported the call trump on the return of Russian Federation to the G7.

The other G7 leaders met without Trump for the rest of the day, discussing climate change and worldwide development.

However, following Mr Trump's online outburst against Mr Trudeau, the French president issued a statement that "international co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

Mr Kudlow addressed reporters on the second day of the summit voicing his backing of the president's call for eliminating all tariffs between G7 nations, saying it was the "best way to promote economic growth".

The photo was tweeted by Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert.

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