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Sullivan to represent US in G-7 talks in lieu of Pompeo

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will represent the United States in a meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations starting Friday in France, the State Department said Tuesday.

    The department did not say why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will skip the two-day gathering in Dinard, where the G-7 will focus on issues such as the denuclearization of North Korea, the situation in Venezuela and Iran's "destabilizing" behavior in the Middle East.

    Sullivan will meet bilaterally with G-7 foreign ministers on the sidelines of the gathering, the department said.

    Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday he will attend the meeting and wants to discuss pressing international and regional issues such as North Korea, the Middle East, and terrorism and extremism.

    The Dinard session will lay the groundwork for a G-7 summit slated for August in Biarritz, France.

    The G-7 groups Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States plus the European Union.

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