By Diyar Guldogan
ANKARA (AA) - Leaders of the G7 will discuss the "great subjects" of the world and do their utmost to ensure security and fight against inequality, the French president said on Saturday.
"#G7Biarritz has begun. We may not accomplish everything we’ve set out to, but we’ll do our best to be effective to ensure your security, create more jobs and fight the inequality you are suffering," Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter.
Macron's remarks came ahead of the G7 summit in the French town of Biarritz, where the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. have gathered.
During this year's summit, the leaders will focus on tackling inequality. They are also expected to address economic, environmental and foreign policy issues.
"First, I believe that what you legitimately expect from us all is to be able to ensure stability and security, to protect peace in the world and so, we will discuss major conflicts or situations the most strained: Iran, Syria, Libya, Ukraine and several other international crises," Macron said during his speech, which was posted on Twitter.
He noted that countries sometimes had disagreements on these issues.
"If tomorrow Iran adopts the nuclear weapon, we will be directly concerned. If the Middle East flares up, we will be affected," he added.
Macron also said that the world would continue to suffer from the "immigration scandal" across Mediterranean as long as the situation in Libya was not resolved,.
He hoped that on these subjects they would be able to reach useful agreements.
Holding the G7 presidency until the end of 2019, France renewed the format of the G7 summit and invited partner countries including Australia, Chile, India and South Africa to take part in the meeting.
- Meeting with US president
Macron also had lunch with U.S. President Donald Trump before the G7 gathering officially got underway with a dinner in Biarritz.
"Just had lunch with French President @EmmanuelMacron. Many good things are happening for both of our countries. Big weekend with other world leaders!," Trump said on Twitter.
The summit will continue on Sunday with official discussions.