Trudeau headed for G7 summit in Italy. What’s on the agenda? 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is headed to Italy on Wednesday to attend the annual G7 leaders’ summit, which is taking place as two major geopolitical conflicts weigh on the international community.

The three-day summit kicks off on Thursday in Apulia, Italy, where leaders of the seven wealthy democratic nations are expected to discuss the Russia-Ukraine war, Israel-Hamas conflict, the energy transition, artificial intelligence, migration and collaboration with Africa.

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But the ministers left a final deal to be worked out ahead of the June summit of national leaders.

“I think, finally, the leaders themselves will make the long-awaited decision,” Kirton said.

Paris said Ukraine is in need of three things: weapons, personnel and money. Canada, he said, is only able to help with one of those things.

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“We’re not going to be able to provide people, our weapons stocks are limited. So we need to be supporting Ukraine financially,” he said.

The G7 summit will be followed by the Ukraine Peace Summit hosted by Switzerland.

Switzerland’s president Viola Amherd said on Monday that nearly 90 countries and organizations, half of them from Europe, have confirmed their attendance.

Russia will not attend the summit, which was organized at the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Swiss officials said the conference aims to set a course toward “lasting peace” in Ukraine, to reach a “common understanding” toward getting there and to draw up a road map for how to get both sides involved in talks.

— with files from The Associated Press.

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