G7 Disagrees on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Iran, France's Top Diplomat Says

While the Group of Seven nations saw eye to eye on most issues discussed during a two-day meeting, they were unable to bridge core differences

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G7 representatives pose for a group photo in Dinard, Brittany, April 6, 2019.
G7 representatives pose for a group photo in Dinard, Brittany, April 6, 2019. Credit: David Vincent / AP

Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations broadly agreed on issues during a two-day meeting, but were unable to bridge differences on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how to deal with Iran, France's top diplomat said on Saturday. 

"Despite the crisp air of Dinard, we couldn't overcome some of our differences," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said at the end of a two-day meeting in western France. "I think the talks were constructive and pleasant both in tone and in the fundamentals."

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Le Drian, whose country has been criticized for supporting Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, said rival factions in Libya needed to hold back and that Haftar should accept a UN-backed peace effort.

On Thursday, Hifter ordered his forces to march on Tripoli, the capital of the UN-backed government, sparking fears of a major showdown with rival militias.

The order to his Libya National Army posted in an audio recording online came as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the North African country and expressed fears of new confrontations. It put at risk upcoming peace talks brokered by the UN aimed at drawing a roadmap for new elections.

Libya split between rival governments in the east and west after descending into chaos following the 2011 NATO-supported uprising that toppled and later killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Hifter is allied with the east-based administration at odds with the UN-backed government based in Tripoli. Alongside the two rival administrations, mostly Islamic militias wield considerable influence and control large swathes of territory in the vast North African nation.