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Britain says hopes US will honour G7 commitments on trade

AFP  |  London 

Britain urged the to honour commitments made at the summit, Theresa May's said today even after rejected a joint communique in a bitter spat over trade tariffs.

"The communique was agreed by all the parties who attended the and we fully intend to honour it. We would hope that the will similarly honour the commitments that they have made," he said.

The summit in ended in farce and a renewed threat of trade war on Saturday after Trump rejected an attempt to write a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host.

The joint communique that was thrashed out over two days of negotiations vowed that members would reform multilateral oversight of commerce through the (WTO) and seek to cut tariffs.

"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible. We strive to reduce barriers, non-barriers and subsidies," it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of statements.

Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the market if they retaliate to steep tariffs he has imposed on and aluminium imports.

The joint communique was published online before Trump tweeted his disapproval after comments made by Canadian "Based on Justin's false statements at his conference, and the fact that is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!" Trump tweeted.

"PM of acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a conference after I left saying that, 'US Tariffs were kind of insulting' and he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak."

Trudeau had told reporters that Trump's decision to invoke national security to justify US tariffs on imports of and aluminium was "insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their US allies in conflicts dating back to World War I. "Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around," he said.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 17:30 IST