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G-7 summit | Bad weather forces U. S. President Joe Biden's early departure

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U. S. President Joe Biden, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz and France’s President Emmanuel Macron attend a meeting alongside the G7 leaders summit at Bavaria’s Schloss Elmau, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on June 28, 2022.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U. S. President Joe Biden, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz and France’s President Emmanuel Macron attend a meeting alongside the G7 leaders summit at Bavaria’s Schloss Elmau, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on June 28, 2022. | Photo Credit: Reuters

U. S. President Joe Biden is leaving the Group of Seven summit in Germany earlier than scheduled, due to bad weather. Mr. Biden had been scheduled to deliver remarks during Tuesday's (June 28) closing session of the gathering of leaders of developed economies before flying by helicopter to Munich. From there, he would fly via Air Force One to Madrid for the NATO summit.

But the White House announced that with foggy conditions, low cloud and a chance of thunderstorms near the summit site, Mr. Biden would have to go by motorcade part of the way to Munich.

Ahead of his early departure, Mr. Biden met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi and summit host Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

After arriving in Madrid, the U. S. President is scheduled to meet separately with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and King Felipe VI and take part in the NATO summit's opening dinner.

The Group of Seven developed economies are wrapping up a summit that aims to demonstrate a long-term commitment to Ukraine's future, as its war with Russia grinds on.

The talks in Germany, which draw to a close on June 28, want to make sure that Russia pays a high price for its invasion. The goal is also to alleviate a global hunger crisis and show unity against climate change.

The leaders of the U. S., Germany, France, Italy, the U. K., Canada and Japan on Monday pledged to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes”. Later on Tuesday, attention shifts to Spain, where a two-day NATO summit is being held in Madrid.

The leaders of the world's most powerful military alliance open discussions on Wednesday on increasing support for Ukraine's fight against Russia and boosting forces on NATO's eastern flank. They also intend to set priorities for the coming decade, with a new focus on checking China's growing international ambitions.


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