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Italy's new PM says to take 'moderate' line on tariffs at G7

Reuters  |  LA MALBAIE, Quebec 

LA MALBAIE, (Reuters) - New Italian Giuseppe said on Friday he would try to promote "moderate" positions on trade tariffs at a summit where the contentious issue looks set to dominate talks among leaders.

"Regarding the trade tariffs, there are very conflictual positions out there," told reporters ahead of the summit.

"Certainly .. we will promote a moderate position. We will try to understand the reasoning that have pushed people to take the positions they have and we will act accordingly."

The confrontation over U.S. tariffs on and aluminium imports threatened to rupture the G7, which during its 42-year history has traditionally sought to find consensus on the economy and other issues.

In other remarks, said it was important that trade sanctions against do not hurt the country's ordinary people, and said was "totally dissatisfied" with the way immigration from was being handled in the

The Italian government, backed by the anti-establishment and far-right League, has already signalled it is likely to adopt a pro-Russian line in its foreign policy and has called for an end to economic sanctions on

(Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni, writing by Gavin Jones; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 20:02 IST