11 April 2017
Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven major industrialised nations sat down for talks in Italy on Monday, with Europe and Japan seeking clarity from the United States on an array of issues, especially Syria. Besides Syria, the ministers will talk about growing tensions with North Korea, as the United States moves a navy strike group near the Korean peninsula amid concerns over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. Italy, Germany, France and Britain have invited foreign ministers from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar to sit down with the G7 group on Tuesday morning to discuss Syria. All oppose Assad's rule.