Berlusconi to invite Netherlands, Spain to G8 summit

15th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain and the Netherlands will be invited to July’s G8 summit in Italy.

Rome – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday that he will invite Spain and the Netherlands to July's G8 summit hosted by Italy.

"I have signalled our intention to invite the Netherlands and Spain to the G8 meeting" from 8 - 10 July, Berlusconi told reporters before a working meeting with Dutch counterpart Jan Peter Balkenende.

Neither Spain nor the Netherlands are members, but following intense lobbying, both were included as active observers in global talks on the worldwide response to economic crisis over recent months.

The G8 groups Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Day two of the talks traditionally also involves the G14 grouping of emerging nations including China, Brazil, Egypt, India, Mexico and South Africa.

Other African nations and the continental African Union bloc representatives will also attend for day three.

The summit was originally scheduled to take place in the island of La Maddalena but Berlusconi decided to move the venue to L'Aquila after the central Italian city was devastated by an earthquake in April.

AFP / Expatica

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