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Trudeau invites Sheikh Hasina to G7 summit, ignores Trump

  • Published at 02:01 pm June 3rd, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:13 pm June 3rd, 2018
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File Photo: Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a conference in Montreal in 2016 Reuters

Canadian PM Trudeau invited a dozen additional countries to a special outreach session at the upcoming G7 summit

The United States’ closest ally’s retaliation against the new tariffs are manifesting in the finest forms of honed diplomatic gestures. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, ahead of the G7 summit, invited a dozen additional countries from all over the world, all the while painstakingly avoiding any mention of US President Donald Trump.

As host of this year’s summit, the symbolism of not mentioning the US in Trudeau’s tweets, and inviting the leaders of diverse countries, like Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, is not lost. Of note, Trudeau also called on the World Bank, the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations.

The leaders invited to the special outreach session are:

  • Mauricio Macri, president of Argentina and chair of the G20
  • Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh
  • Jovenel Moïse, president of Haiti and chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
  • Andrew Holness, prime pinister of Jamaica
  • Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya
  • Hilda Heine, president of the Marshall Islands
  • Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway
  • Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda and chair of the African Union
  • Macky Sall, president of Senegal
  • Danny Faure, president of Seychelles
  • Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa
  • Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, prime minister of Vietnam

Trudeau said: “Our oceans and coasts are under considerable threat – from increases in plastic pollution, more frequent and severe weather events, and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Resilient coastal communities and healthy oceans are vital to growing economies that work for everyone and that is why we are committed to working with others to protect the world's oceans.”

Earlier on Saturday, at a G7 finance leaders meeting, six of the G7 member countries asked US Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin to convey their “unanimous concern and disappointment” over the steel tariff imposed by the US.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, whose country's steel and aluminium producers have been paying the US metals tariffs since March 23, called the US action "deeply deplorable."

"This doesn't happen that often at G7 meetings, but it was the US against everyone else," Aso told reporters.