G7 Hiroshima, Meloni fifth female leader at the summit. Meeting with Kishida in progress

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All ready in Hiroshima for the G7 summit. The Japanese city is armored while awaiting the works which, according to the official programme, begin on Friday. Since yesterday helicopters have been flying over the city and the police patrolling the streets and hot spots, starting with the Peace Memorial Museum in memory of the tragedy of August 6, 1945, in front of which there have been limited protests against the summit since yesterday. The first to arrive in the night was the Italian premier Giorgia Meloni, who is having a bilateral agreement with her counterpart Kishida: Giorgia Meloni, observe Italian sources, will be the fifth female premier to participate in a G7. The precedents are Germany with Angela Merkel, Canada with Kim Campbell in 1993, the United Kingdom with Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May, while Liz Truss did not have time to participate in any G7 while the United States and France have never had presidents woman. The president of the EU commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will also participate in the proceedings.

Kishida to Meloni: “Condolences for the victims of bad weather”

“Welcome to Japan, I am very pleased to be able to welcome you to my city. I express my condolences for the victims of the bad weather in Emilia Romagna”. The Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida thus opened the bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Hiroshima.

Today the other leaders arrive

The other G7 leaders are expected to arrive in the afternoon, starting with Canadian Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Instead, US President Joe Biden has already arrived around 9 (Italian time) in Hiroshima, while French President Emmanuel Macron should arrive tomorrow morning shortly before the start of work.

The themes at the table

The G7 must demonstrate its compactness. The agenda will focus on the Ukraine and China dossiers. On this front, especially the US and Japan expect the definition of a “common ground” between the leaders in relations with Beijing. “Ample and convinced support” is expected for Ukraine, even if work is being done to put pen to paper for the first time a reference to a solution “that leads to overcoming the crisis, as well as an international conference”, the sources say at the vertex. Ukrainian President Zelensky is expected to speak on Sunday as tough measures against Russia are expected. There is talk of a ban on uranium exports, of ways to compensate Kiev for the damages suffered and of the cancellation of the purchase of Russian gas and oil given that the EU has a more solid economy than expected, in addition to the tightening of sanctions.