EU chairman Tusk anticipates tough G-7 talks amid US 'challenge' to rules-based order

Chairman of European Union leaders Donald Tusk arrives for the G-7 leaders summit in Quebec, Canada, on June 7, 2018.
Chairman of European Union leaders Donald Tusk arrives for the G-7 leaders summit in Quebec, Canada, on June 7, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

MALBAIE, Quebec (REUTERS) - Talks at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit will not be easy as the United States is in conflict with the rest of the group on trade, climate change and the nuclear deal with Iran, the chairman of European Union leaders Donald Tusk said on Friday (June 8).

"Our discussions here in Charlevoix will be far from easy,"Tusk told a news conference before the start of the two-day talks of leaders from the United States, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Britain.

"It is evident that the American president and the rest of the group continue to disagree on trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal. What worries me most is that the rules-based international order is being challenged," he said.

"Quite surprisingly not by the usual suspects, but by its main architect and guarantor - the United States. Naturally we cannot force the US to change its mind," Tusk said.