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Author Stella Potter

27 May, 2017

"It is a suitable profile for us to engage directly with the world and the President will be taking that opportunity also to engage on Kenyan and African issues", Mr Esipisu says.

And on Friday, upon arrival in Italy, photos surfaced online showing Uhuru greeting and having a chat with the most powerful man in the world.

They also agreed in the declaration to strengthen the process for returning foreign fighters operating in Europe to their countries of origin, to better share intelligence on individuals who have trained in Islamic State territory, and to do more to cut off funding streams they called "the lifeblood of violent extremists and terrorists".

"Indeed, it is perhaps the focus of our G7 presidency", said Raffaele Trombetta, the senior Italian diplomat who has led behind-the-scenes negotiations on the G7 agenda with colleagues from the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France and Canada.

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Mr Trump was elected last November after a campaign in which he rejected numerous tenets that the G-7 has stood for, including free trade, multilateralism and liberal democratic values.

The summit is bringing together leaders with largely untested personal relationships.

Trump says trade needs to be balanced and fair, as well as free in order to benefit American workers and companies.

They will also discuss security cooperation following Monday's suicide bombing at a concert in northern England that killed 22 people and was allegedly carried out by a young Islamist militant of Libyan descent who grew up in Britain.

"We know it will not be easy but we would like to get results from the G7", Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said through a video message ahead of the summit.

In March, the U.S. got the G20 to drop its traditional pro-free trade stance, but Trump has postponed a decision on whether to abandon his country's commitments to curbing carbon emissions until after Taormina.

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn was reported to have said that economic considerations would prevail if they collide with measures to curtail global warming under the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Cohn said USA compliance with its Paris commitments would be "crippling" to economic growth, but added the president was "interested to hear what the G7 leaders have to say about climate". "We're talking about this very aggressively with our allies at all levels".

The remarks went down badly with European leaders, who had hoped Trump would use the opportunity to confirm his commitment to Article 5, the core North Atlantic Treaty Organisation principle that an attack on one member is viewed as an attack on all.

At her first meeting with Macron since he became president, May reiterated her desire for "early clarity on the position of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom and vice versa" in the Brexit talks, a spokesperson said.

German weekly Der Spiegel quoted Mr Trump as saying in a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday that Germans were "very bad" regarding vehicle exports to the US.

But that issue reared up again overnight as it emerged the Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining his son-in-law Jared Kushner's contacts with the Russian ambassador in connection with the probe of alleged interference in the election campaign by Moscow.

Trump said that North Korea was a "big problem", but assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that issues surrounding the secretive Asian state would be resolved.

A Canadian government official with knowledge of the negotiations told the Canadian Press worldwide trade and the Paris agreement on climate change – which Trump could back out of – remain major sticking points that will likely keep talks going through the night.

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