Nago,Japan, 21 July 2000 (RFE/RL) -- Leaders of the seven most
industrialized countries today opened their three-day summit on the
Japanese island of Okinawa. The G-7 are represented by Britain's Tony Blair, Canada's Jean
Chretien, France's Jacques Chirac, Germany's Gerhard Schroeder, Italy's
Giuliano Amato, Japan's Yoshiro Mori and the United States' Bill Clinton.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin is to join the gathering later today.
The summit's discussions are likely to focus on social and economic
problems facing the world, with particular emphasis given to debt relief
for poor countries and the impact of globalization.