Leaders from the world's major industrialised nations began talks on Friday at a G7 summit in Sicily which is expected to expose deep divisions with U.S. President Donald Trump over trade and climate change. Laura Frykberg reports.
A rather harmonious looking photo op for G7 leaders meeting in Sicily... Donald Trump perhaps learnt his lesson a day earlier - when this video of him at a NATO family photo in Brussels went viral. But despite the pleasantries on day one, the two-day summit could still see some conflict. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDEPENDENT MARKET ANALYST, JEREMY BATSTONE-CARR, SAYING: "What's going to be very interesting about this G7 meeting is the divergence of opinion on so many issues between Donald Trump and his counterparts around the G7 table." Climate change and globalisation for one. Trump's threatened to pull out of the Paris climate deal, which all G7 members are part of. He's also been critical of free trade - the very foundation of the seven major industrialised nations. For some, that all points to looking to another major player. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDEPENDENT MARKET ANALYST, JEREMY BATSTONE-CARR, SAYING: "The elephant not in the room, is China - which has just of course concluded its substantial belt and road conference in Beijing - is participating in one of the biggest investment programmes the world has ever seen. It seems anachronistic in many respects to prevent China from taking its place round the table and maybe turning it to G8 from G7." Italy is hosting the summit in Sicily to draw attention to Europe's migration crisis. Where tens of thousands of people have arrived after crossing the mediterranean... Many from nations facing the threat of famine - say these activists... Including Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan.