Theresa May urges Trump to 'honor G7 commitments'
12 Jun 2018 08:18
Islam Times - Britain has made clear it expects Donald Trump to honor commitments made at a recent G7 summit in Canada, despite the US president's abrupt disownment of the meeting’s final communique.
“The communique was agreed by all parties who attended G7,” Theresa May’s official spokesman told a Westminster press briefing on Monday.
“We fully intend to honor it. We would hope that the US would similarly honor the commitments that they have made.”
Later on Monday, in a report to the UK parliament, May described the summit as “difficult” adding that there were some “very candid discussions” between the attendees, which included the UK, Japan, Canada, the US, Italy, Germany and France.
While May made it clear that Britain intends to pursue retaliatory measures against the Trump administrations decision, she cautioned against a “tit-for-tat escalation” with the US.
Trump had called on American representatives at the G7 summit not to endorse the joint communique put out by the heads of the Group of Seven industrialized nations following what he alleged as “false statements” made by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trump made the statement on Twitter Saturday after departing early from the summit in Quebec for Singapore, insisting that Trudeau’s remarks that Canada would not be pushed around “were very dishonest and weak.”
“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around.’ Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!” Trump tweeteed.
Trump accused other states of “robbing” his country through their trade policies and proposed scrapping tariffs across the G7.
Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May had said the US decision to impose tariffs on European Union steel and aluminum was "unjustified," and that European nations should be permanently exempted.
May said Britain and the EU "will continue to work together to protect and safeguard our workers and industries."
However, before leaving Canada late on Saturday, May once again insisted UK relations with Trump and the US were "very good."
Britain voted in 2016 to leave the EU but remains a member until the official exit day of March 29, 2019.
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