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G7 can’t exclude U.S., despite disagreements, say envoys

By Shruti Shekar      

The group split most recently on the U.S. decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Kathleen Monk of Earnscliffe Strategy Group, centre, moderated a panel of G7 diplomats in Canada at a Canadian Global Affairs Institute conference last week. From left: Italian minister counsellor Fabrizio Nava, Japanese Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane, French Ambassador Kareen Rispal, British High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d'Allegeerschecque, German Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser, and EU Ambassador Peteris Ustubs. The Hill Times photograph by Shruti Shekar
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Diplomats representing G7 countries in Canada say the group can't exclude the United States even if most members disagree with it on a growing number of issues, including most recently its decision to pull out of a nuclear deal with Iran. Senior diplomats posted to Canada from five G7 member states and the European Union, which also takes part in the annual summits, took part in a May 8 panel discussion during an all-day conference hosted by the

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