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G7 leaders struggle for breakthrough on economy, Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second right, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, second left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel , center left, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, rear right, and European Council President Donald Tusk attend a G7 working session on “International Economy and Trade, and International Security Agenda” during the G7 summit in Biarritz, southwestern France, Saturday Aug. 25, 2019. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — G-7 leaders are wrapping up a summit dominated by tensions over U.S. trade policies and a surprise visit by Iran’s top diplomat.

U.S. President Donald Trump and summit host French President Emmanuel Macron will finish off the three-day summit with a joint news conference Monday.

But first the leaders of the Group of Seven rich democracies — the U.S., France, Britain, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy — are holding a string of meetings on climate change, how digitalization is transforming the world and other issues.

The troubled world economy is overshadowing the meetings in the French Atlantic resort of Biarritz.

Macron also took a big gamble by inviting the Iranian foreign minister to Biarritz, hoping to secure a breakthrough in global tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.